Kings face Pelicans with both coming off Tuesday losses

The New Orleans Pelicans and the Sacramento Kings both had a hard time down the stretch while losing video games Tuesday night.

They will attempt to recuperate when they fulfill up in Sacramento on Wednesday night.

New Orleans, which has actually won simply among 8 video games this season, led the host Phoenix Suns by as numerous as 20 points however ended up losing 112-100 to start a four-game trip.

Sacramento remained in front at Utah with 5 minutes staying and tracked by simply 2 points with 23.4 seconds left however wound up losing 119-113 to allure.

“I love the fight of our team,” Kings coach Luke Walton stated. “It’s really fun coaching these guys, and we’re learning these hard lessons. I hope we figure it out soon, but the details of the game are what is costing us right now.

“Tonight, it was protective rebounding (enabling 15 offending rebounds), not boxing out. The battle of our group is excellent, and I enjoy training these men, however we’re going to keep taking hard losses up until we can tidy up a few of the information, what individuals call the little things of the video game.”

The Kings, who start a four-game homestand against the Pelicans, took their final lead of the game, 102-101, on Richaun Holmes’ tip-in with 5:02 remaining, but they couldn’t finish.

De’Aaron Fox, who had 23 points on Friday to lead the Kings in a 113-109 victory at New Orleans, managed just 13 points against the Jazz. He made 4 of 15 field-goal attempts and missed all four of his 3-point tries.

“De’Aaron’s an extremely, extremely gifted gamer,” Walton said. “He understands how crucial he is to us, and when you’re having a hard time, the very best escape of it is to work harder, grind more, battle through it, think in what you’re doing and think in your colleagues, and I have all the faith on the planet that De’Aaron will do that.”

Harrison Barnes scored 23 to lead seven Kings scorers in double figures. Sacramento’s bench outscored Utah’s bench 41-19.

The Pelicans lost their fourth consecutive game when they were outscored 36-18 in the fourth quarter at Phoenix.

“We made a great deal of errors, specifically because 2nd half to a group you can’t make errors to,” said New Orleans guard Josh Hart, who scored 16 points in his second consecutive start in place of injured Brandon Ingram, who is day-to-day with a hip contusion. “Being young is not a reason. We weren’t called in the 2nd half defensively to concentrate on getting stops and playing our video game.

“When that happens, we blow a 20-point lead and lose.”

New Orleans’ Jonas Valanciunas had his 6th straight double-double with 23 points and 14 rebounds, Devonte’ Graham included 12 points and Nickeil Alexander-Walker had 10.

The Pelicans scored 15 points off 8 Phoenix turnovers in the very first quarter on their method to the 20-point edge in the 2nd quarter. The remainder of the video game came from the Suns.

“We were just clicking,” Valanciunas stated of the very first half. “We were covering for each other, helping each other, being in the right spot, the right timing. That was fun to play like that. We need more of that.”

–Field Level Media

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.