Golden State Annihilates Pelicans 126-85 at Chase Center

Golden State Warriors guard Jordan Poole (3) spreads his wings and shows he can fly as he led Golden State with 26 points against the New Orleans Pelicans at Chase Center in San Francisco on Fri Nov 5, 2021 (AP News photo)

Golden State Annihilates Pelicans 126-85

Golden State (7-1) blasted the New Orleans Pelicans (1-9) in a runaway 126-85. Jordan Poole had another high for the game with 26 points and Andre Iguodala had a record high 10 assists.

By Barbara Mason

Friday night the Golden State Warriors (7-1) took on the New Orlean Pelicans (1-9). This would prove to be an interesting match-up. The Warrior offense would be tested by the impenetrable Jonas Valanciunas, however New Orleans will be dealing with injuries that will hurt the team with Brandon Ingram out due to a right hip contusion and of course Zion Williamson’s return is still murky. Coming into this game the Pelicans have lost five in a row.

Golden State will be heavily counting on Kevon Looney, Otto Porter Jr., and Nemanja Bjelica, the Warriors who can almost match 6’11” Valaciunas in height. The Warriors are highly favored in this matchup.

The Pelicans got a quick start in the first quarter leading early but Golden State got their offense going and erased that lead to even the score 16-16 mid-way through the quarter. Golden State had a 38-31 lead after one quarter.

The Warriors had a nice start to the second quarter. They were having alot of success dropping three’s and already were 9 of 19 in early play. The only true weapon that the Pelicans had in this game was Valaciunas.

Although leading by fifteen points in the second quarter, Golden State went cold and led by a slim margin at the half 54-50. Missing three 3’s in a row is something that we seldom see from Golden State, but we saw it in the second quarter. The Warriors will need a lot more successful offensive effort in the second half.

The Warriors got that effort and extended their lead in the third quarter leading 88-66.

Golden State really went to town in the final quarter rendering the Pelicans helpless. New Orleans was unable to get anything going offensively or defensively. A four point lead for the Warriors at the half turned into a 126-85 final.

Poole, Curry, Wiggins, Payton and Bjelica all shot in double digits and Green led in rebounds with 8. This team was on fire and fans at Chase tonight got a real show.

The Warriors will be back on the court Sunday taking on the Rockets. Two teams with opposite records – the Warriors with a 7-1 record and the Rockets with a 1-7 record. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 PM.

Sacramento Kings podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Barnes and Kings host Hornets tonight at Golden One

The Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes (40) drives to the hoop with the Utah Jazz forward Royce O’Neale (rear) trying to put up a block on Tue Nov 2, 2021 at Salt Lake City. Barnes led the Kings in scoring on Wed Nov 3, 2021 against the Charlotte Hornets in Sacramento.

On the Kings podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 Jeremiah, tell us about Tyrese Haliburton who went on a seven point run late in the fourth quarter to help the Sacramento Kings (4-4) pick up a 112-99 win over the visiting New Orleans Pelicans (1-8) at Golden One Center in Sacramento.

#2 The Pelicans had won only one game going into Wednesday night’s game and were an easy target for the Kings and an easier target for NBA Network’s Charles Barkley who said Zion Williamson has put on some weight which might be the team anchor.

#3 What made it even better for the Kings Williamson was not in the New Orleans line up but that said the Kings still needed all of the 20 points they scored in the fourth quarter.

#4 Jeremiah, tell us about Harrison Barnes whose been on the top of the leaderboard and Wednesday night was no exception scoring 23 points.

#5 The Kings host the Charlotte Hornets (5-4) tonight at Golden One. The Hornets are coming off a two game losing streak first losing to the Cleveland (4-4) at home on Monday 113-110 and to Golden State (6-1) in San Francisco 114-92 on Wednesday night. The Hornets have star shooters Miles Bridges, LeMelo Ball, and Gordon Hayward how do you see them matched up against the Kings tonight?

Jeremiah Salmonson does the Kings podcasts each Friday at

Kings pour it on the Pelicans 112-99 at Golden One

Sacramento Kings head coach Luke Walton expresses himself to the officials as the Kings hosted the New Orleans Pelicans on Wed Nov 3, 2021 at Golden one Center in Sacramento (AP News photo)

The Sacramento Kings were back in action on Wednesday night in the second night of a back-to-back as they started a four-game homestand. The Kings were welcoming in the New Orleans Pelicans who were without young and often injured star Zion Williamson.

The two teams were off to very different starts to the season. The Kings had played good basketball to start the year and have been showing promise with a record of 3-4 on the year. The Kings Harrison Barnes led the way with 23 points in the 112-99 victory at Golden One Center in Sacramento on Wednesday night.

On the other hand, the Pelicans had started the year 1-6 reeling in the Western Conference and looking for anything to turn into momentum. The Kings and the Pelicans were set to play at 7 PM PST in Sacramento. However, before we dive into Wednesday’s action let’s look at how the Kings faired in their last game.

Flashback Tuesday: The Kings took on the Utah Jazz on Tuesday in the first game of a back-to-back. The Kings were wrapping up a road trip that saw them win and lose. It was a solid trip but the Kings were looking to return home. On Tuesday, the Kings put up a solid fight but ultimately came up short.

The Jazz managed to put the Kings away in a 119-113 win. It wasn’t a bad loss for the Kings but Luke Walton after the game stressed the importance of learning from mistakes and not letting it snowball.

Wednesday recap: The Kings were set for tip-off in Sacramento at 7 PM PST.

In the first quarter, the game was fairly even. Neither team got off to a particularly hot start. The Kings managed to narrowly outscore the Pelicans 27-26 in the first quarter. Both teams seemed to not be able to get into a rhythm on either side of the ball.

In the second quarter, the Kings were able to improve their performance overall. The Kings were able to hold the Pelicans to the exact same total they amassed in the first quarter which was 26. On the offensive side of the ball, the Kings managed to score 29 points to increase their lead to 56-52 going into halftime.

Richaun Holmes led the Kings in the first half with 12 points. However, Holmes would be ejected in the game after receiving a technical foul for arguing. The Kings would look to build on the lead and close out a struggling Pelicans team in the second half.

In the third quarter, both defenses fell asleep. The Kings were still able to outscore the Pelicans in the third, but the defense was nowhere to be found. The Pelicans scored 35 points compared to the Kings 36. The teams were running in the open court and knocking down their shots in the fast-paced third quarter. The Kings took the 92-87 three-quarter lead into the final 12 minutes.

In the fourth quarter, the Kings finished off the Pelicans. The Kings dominated the flow of the game in the fourth. The Kings managed to outscore the Pelicans 20-12 as the Kings defense put the clamps on the Pelicans offense. It has the feeling of a blowout in the final minutes as the Kings dribbled out the clock to end the game.

It was a great win for the Kings on the second night of a back-to-back to even their record at 4-4. The Kings were led in victory by an impressive Harrison Barnes who scored 23 points. Tyrese Haliburton added 20 points behind Barnes in the win for the win. The Pelicans greatest contribution came from Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Devonte Graham who each scored 16 points. The Pelicans fell to 1-7 on the season.

Up Next: The Kings get a much-needed day off on Thursday before taking on the Charlotte Hornets on Friday at 7 PM PST in Sacramento.

Kings Edge New Orleans 113-109

New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram (14) and Sacramento Kings guard DeAaron Fox (5) battle for a rebound during first half action in New Orleans on Fri Oct 29, 2021 (AP News photo)

Kings Edge New Orleans 113-109

By Barbara Mason

De’Aaron Fox led the Kings to a victory over the New Orleans Pelicans Friday night winning 113-109. He had 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in a very close thriller.

The Sacramento Kings (3-2) took on the New Orleans Pelicans (1-5) at Smoothie King Center. The Kings were slightly favored in this match-up.

The Pelicans are still without Zion Williamson and are rapidly sinking without him. They have already lost four games this season and are ranked 27th in points per game (100.8).

While Sacramento is not a playoff team, they are not dealing with any injuries as well as coming off a great win against the Suns last Wednesday. They come into this game with momentum and confidence.

At the end of the first quarter the Kings were leading the Pelicans by the score of 33-26. De’Aaron Fox had 9 points in the quarter followed by Harrison Barnes with 7.

Although the Pelicans took a slim lead in the second quarter, they could not sustain it and at the half, the Kings had extended their lead 59-48. The big three for the Kings Fox, Barnes and Richaun Holmes all had double digits. The high in the first half for the Pelicans was Jonas Valanciunas with 11 points.

In the third quarter the Pelicans erased the Kings lead actually taking a three point lead with under three minutes left in the quarter. That lead was short-lived and after three quarter the Kings had a 77-72 in this hotly contested game.

The Kings were able to hold a significant lead through most of the fourth quarter. Although very close at times the Kings always answered when it was needed most. This game got uncomfortably close in the closing seconds for Sacramento but they kept their foot on the pedal for the win 113-109.

Richaun Holmes finished with 21 points, Harrison Barnes with 18 and Tyrese Haliburton with 17. Off the bench Buddy Hield had another great game scoring 20 points.

Sacramento Kings podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Kings coming off big win against Suns; Sac in New Orleans tonight

The Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes (40) drives on the Phoenix Suns guard Devon Booker (1) in the first half at the Footprint Center in Phoenix on Wed Oct 27, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the Kings podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 Jeremiah it was a big night for the Sacramento Kings (2-2) getting a victory over the Phoenix Suns (1-3) on Wednesday night 110-107 the Suns are no easy customer and winning in Phoenix is no easy task either.

#2 The Kings got a buzzer beater from Harrison Barnes who hit a three pointer for the three point victory for Barnes whose been in the league for sometime it had to be something special to get a win like that for Sacramento.

#3 Barnes also had a great night finishing second in scoring with 22 points with Buddy Hield finishing first with 26 points the Kings have been getting some great offense and have been involved in some close games.

#4 The Kings couldn’t stop the Suns Devon Booker who topped all scorers on Wednesday night with 31 points but the Kings were able to weather the Suns and were able to stay close and pull it off in the end.

#5 The Kings are in New Orleans tonight against the Pelicans (1-4). The Pelicans fell on hard luck in their last game against a very physical and great offensive Atlanta Hawks (3-1) team losing 102-99 in New Orleans. Jeremiah set the stage for this one as the Kings open a three game road trip starting tonight in New Orleans.

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Warriors hang on to slip by Pelicans 125-122; Poole leads with 38 points for W’s

The Golden State Warriors guard Jordan Poole (3) shoots against the New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Bledsoe (right) and center Willy Hermangomez bottom at the Chase Center in San Francisco on Fri May 14, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Golden State Warriors (38-33) won their fifth straight game, downing the New Orleans Pelicans (31-40) 125-122 Friday night at the Chase Center. The Warriors currently reside in eighth place in the Western Conference. The Memphis Grizzlies, with the same record as the Warriors, meet on Sunday to determine which team will be the number eight team.

A loss to the Pelicans and a Grizzlie win Friday night would not have changed the importance of Sunday’s game. The Warriors’ head coach, Steve Kerr, decided to rest his three best players Friday night. Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Andrew Wiggins watched the game from the bench.

The Pelicans, in 11th place in the conference, were eliminated from the playoffs last week. Their head coach, Stan Van Gundy, rested Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and Steve Adams. Zion Williamson broke his finger last week in the second game against the Warriors, and he is done for the year.

Jordan Poole and Mychal Mulder were in the starting lineup at the guard position. Juan Toscano-Anderson was the other bench player getting a starting assignment. The teams played a very fast-paced and entertaining first quarter. Mychal Mulder was channeling Curry as he knocked down five threes in the first quarter. Jordan Poole paced the Warrior offense with 14 points. The Warriors outscored the Pelicans 41-32 at the end of the first 12 minutes of action.

The Warriors continued to shoot well from the floor. Kent Bazemore, along with Nico Mannion, helped keep the pressure on the Pelican defense. The Warriors outscored the Pelicans 34-25 in the quarter to finish the first half leading 75-57. Mychal Mulder made his sixth three of the game in the quarter and finished the first half with 20 points. Jordan Poole led the team with 24.

Kent Bazemore had 13, and Nico Mannion added nine. The Warriors shot 60% from the floor. Nickeil Alexander-Walker led the Pelicans with 11. Willy Herangomez had 10, Eric Bledsoe 9, and Jaxson Hayes 7. The Pelicans shot 45% from the floor.

The Pelicans coach, Stan Van Gundy, must have had a heart-to-heart talk with his team about playing defense during the halftime break. The Pelicans turned the tables on the Warriors in the third quarter. Their offense came alive as they put 33 points on the board while holding Golden State to 24. Jordan Poole injured his ankle midway in the quarter. He went to the locker room and had his ankle iced. The Warriors finished the third quarter leading 99-90.

The Warriors were able to maintain the lead for most of the fourth quarter. In his first game in over a month, Eric Paschall was a catalyst keeping the Pelicans at bay. Mulder hit a two-pointer to put the Warriors ahead 112-101. They led by eleven 119-108. It was at this point that the Warrior offense went ice cold.

The Pelicans made stop after stop and were able to go on a 12-0 run to take the lead 120-119. The Warriors went three minutes and 39 seconds without scoring. Eric Paschall broke the spell with a basket to put the Warriors ahead 121-120.

The Pelicans answered with a basket of their own to lead 122-121, with 25.9 seconds left. Jordan Poole hit a basket that took just four seconds of the clock. New Orleans has 21 seconds to find a way to beat the Warriors. They tried, but the Warrior defense held. The Warriors had control of the ball. The Pelicans fouled Poole with 0.1 seconds left. Poole made both free throws, and the game was over. The Warriors win 125-122.

Game Notes and Stats: With the win, the Warriors are 39-33 for the year. The Pelicans are 31-40. The Memphis Grizzlies beat the Sacramento Kings in Memphis 107-106 to remain in the ninth spot. The winner of Sunday’s game will play the Number seven team in the conference. The Number nine team will play the Number ten team.

Jordan Poole and Mychal Mulder had career-highs in scoring Friday night. Poole finished with 38 points, four rebounds, and six assists. Jordan knocked down four threes. Mulder’s line was 28 points, two rebounds, one assist, and was seven-for 13 from downtown.

Other Warriors in double figures were Kent Bazemore with 14, Eric Paschall had 12 points and four rebounds, Nico Mannion 11 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists. Juan Toscano-Anderson almost had a triple-double. His numbers were nine points, nine rebounds, and nine assists. The Warrior shot 49% from the floor. They made 17 threes in 39 tries. 

The Pelicans’ Nickeil Alexander-Walker had quite a night with 30 points. He connected on four threes. Naji Marshall had a double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Willy Hernangomez had 10. Wenyen Garland had 14, and Jaxson Hayes had 19.

The Warriors meet the Memphis Grizzlies Sunday afternoon at the Chase Center. The game will start at 12:30 pm.

Golden State Warriors podcast with David Zizmor: Warriors need win to maintain final playoff spot against Thunder on Thursday night

The New Orleans Pelicans Lonzo Ball led the Pelicans in scoring with 33 points against the Golden State Warriors on Tue May 4, 2021 (@PelicansNBA photo)

On the Warriors podcast with David:

#1 Are the Golden State Warriors (33-33) going to be worthy of at least holding onto the last and final spot in the Western Conference as they struggled with the New Orleans Pelicans (30-36) on Tuesday night only to lose 108-103.

#2 Stephen Curry did all the heavy lifting once again. He did it on Monday night with 41 points in a game the Warriors won to defeat the Pelicans and on Tuesday night scoring 37 points in the loss of the second game.

#3 The Oklahoma City Thunder (21-45) who occupy 13th place in the Western Conference and lost on Tuesday night to the Sacramento Kings (28-37) 103-99 tip off at the Chase Center San Francisco on Thursday night another crucial game for the Warriors post season hopes.

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Pelicans grind out win over the Warriors 123-108

The New Orleans Pelicans Lonzo Ball was taking shots all night leading with 33 points against the Golden State Warriors on Tue May 4, 2021 (@PelicansNBA photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Warriors met the New Orleans Pelicans for the second night in a row. For the Warriors, it was the final game of the four-game road trip. The Warriors drubbed the Pelicans Monday night 123-108. Stephen Curry scored 41. Would the Warriors be able to repeat the effort Tuesday night?

Curry did his part with 37 points. Andrew Wiggins knocked down 26 points and was a force on defense. The Warriors did not have Kelly Oubre, Jr., Damion Lee, or Eric Paschall available. The Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was down to eight players. The Warriors gave it all they had, but they ran out of gas in the fourth quarter and fell to the Pelicans 108-103. 

The Warriors scored 39 points in the first quarter Monday night. Tuesday night, they put 34 points on the board. New Orleans knew they could not afford to lose Tuesday night. They had the big seven-foot New Zealander, Steve Adams, back in the lineup.

Adams’ job was to clog the middle and force the Warriors to make threes. The Pelicans’ Lonzo Ball was determined to play better. Ball played well as he tallied 33 points and connected on seven threes. The Pelicans trailed by two after the first quarter, 34-32.

The second quarter was a very close, competitive contest. Neither team could pull away. The biggest lead the Warriors enjoyed was 50-45. The Pelicans scored the next seven points to lead 52-50. Curry scored the next five points to put the Warriors ahead 55-52.

The Pelicans fought back, and the quarter ended with Golden State holding on to a slim one-point advantage 57-56. Curry led the Warriors with 24 points. Andrew Wiggins had 13. Lonzo Ball paced the Pelicans with 16, and Zion Williamson had 15.

The third quarter was a defensive struggle. Neither team could put points on the board. The Warriors won the quarter 22-19 to finish the third period leading 79-75. With Curry on the bench at the start of the fourth quarter, the Warriors’ second unit had to step up to extend the lead.

Andrew Wiggins answered the call with eight points early in the quarter. Juan Toscano-Anderson hit a three to make it 90-81. It was the Warriors biggest lead of the night. The Pelicans’ Lonzo Ball and Zion Williamson went to work as they kept chipping away at the Warriors lead. The Pelicans tied the game 92-92 with 4:19 left.

Kent Bazemore finally connected on a three to make it 98-95 with 2:30 left. Ball made a three to tie the game. The teams tied again at 100-100. The Pelicans went on an 8-0 run. The Warriors made a three with just a few seconds left to play. New Orleans won the game 108-103.

Game Notes and Stats: With the loss, the Warriors are 33-33 for the year. The Warriors’ last six games of the season will be at the Chase Center in San Francisco. They play the Oklahoma City City Thunder twice, Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns, New Orleans Pelicans, and finish with the Memphis Grizzlies on May 16th.

The Warriors had two players in double figures. Curry’s line was 37 points, nine rebounds, and two assists. Curry was 12-for-31 from the floor and 8-for-20 from downtown. Curry did not have it late in the fourth quarter. He made one shot in 12 tries.

Andrew Wiggins, for the second game in a row, tallied 26 points. Andrew was 10-for-21 from the floor and 5-for-10 from behind the 3-point arc. Jordan Poole had nine, Mychal Mulder eight. Kevon Looney had eight points and six boards. Draymond Green’s line was seven points, 12 rebounds, and nine assists.

The team shot 32% from the floor. They made 20 threes in 53 attempts. The Warriors turned the ball over 18 times. The turnovers cost them 19 points. The Warriors committed 17 fouls. The Pelicans had 22 free throws, the Warriors seven.

It was the 34th game of the year that Warriors had 30 or more points. It was the 17th time in the last 19 games with 30 or more. It was the fourth straight game with 20 or more points for Andrew Wiggins. 

Lonzo Ball led the Pelicans with 33. Zion Williamson had a double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Eric Bledsoe had 12, Brandon Ingram 13, and Naji Marshall 10. The Pelicans’ last six games are with the Philadelphia 76ers, Charlotte Hornets, Memphis Grizzlies, Dallas Mavericks, the Warriors, and their final game is against the LA Lakers on May 16th. 

The Warriors game against the OKC Thunder is Thursday night. The game starts at 7 pm.

Warriors slow down Zion Williamson express win 123-108; Curry scores 41 points

The New Orleans Pelicans Zion Williamson (1) puts up a hand to stop the Golden State Warriors Ken Bazemore’s (right) shot on Mon May 3, 2021 in New Orleans (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Golden State Warriors 32-32) met the New Orleans Pelicans (29-36) for the first time this season Monday Night. With eight players available, the Warriors knew they had to find a way to stop the Pelicans’ big man, Zion Williamson. Williamson loves to go to the rim, and he usually gets fouled on his way there.

Warriors’ head coach, Steve Kerr, wanted his team to a strong start and not play catch up. The team responded to their coach’s wishes as they finished the first quarter leading 39-21. The Warriors did not relinquish the lead the entire game as they beat the Pelicans by a final score of 123-108.

In 11th place in the Western Conference, the Pelicans needed a victory Monday night to close within 2 1/2 games of the Warriors if they hoped to make the playoffs. A loss would severely hurt the Pelicans’ hopes for a playoff berth.

The Warriors came out smoking. They sprinted out to an early 17-5 lead. The Pelicans’ offense woke up to go on a 9-0 run to close within three 17-14. Stephen Curry, along with Andrew Wiggins and Juan Toscano-Anderson, had other thoughts. Curry connected on three threes to pace the Warriors to an 18-point lead at the end of the first quarter, 39-21. Curry had 17 points in the first 12 minutes of play.

The Pelicans scored the first six points of the second quarter to close within 12. Jordan Poole, Andrew Wiggins, And Juan Toscano-Anderson built the lead up to 22, 53-31. The Warriors continued to lead by twenty 66-46 with 40 seconds left in the first half.

The Pelicans took advantage of Warrior miscues in the last 40 seconds to score eight points, and they left the court trailing by 12, 66-54 but feeling confident that they could come back and win the game in the second half. Curry led the Warriors with 21. Wiggins had 14, Toscano-Anderson 10. Zion Williamson had 18 for New Orleans. Brandon Ingram had 11.

The Pelicans started the third quarter with a bucket to make it 66-56. Curry answered with two three-pointers to give the Warriors a 16-point advantage, 72-56. The Pelicans went on the offensive with a 14-3 run to close within six 79-73. Curry righted the ship as the Warriors finished the third quarter with a 15-point lead 95-80.

Andrew Wiggins was the key player on the second unit that started the fourth quarter. Andrew knocked down two threes and two two-point baskets to put the Warriors ahead 105-87. Draymond Green came back into the game with nine minutes left, and Curry came back with eight minutes remaining.

Curry had to be careful as he had committed four fouls. The Warriors found a way to stop Williamson, Brandon Ingram, and Lonzo Ball. The Warriors led 119-100 after Kent Bazemore knocked down a three. Steve Kerr inserted his seldom-used bench players to finish the game. The Warriors win 123-108.

Game notes and Stats-With the win, the Warriors are 33-32 for the year. They have seven games left in the regular season. They play one more on the road Tuesday night in New Orleans. The final six are at the Chase Center in San Francisco. The Pelicans are now 29-36 with seven games left on their schedule. They play the Warriors Tuesday night and once more in San Francisco.

The Scoring leader for the Warriors was, are you ready for this, Curry. Curry’s line was 41 points, four rebounds, and eight assists. Curry was 14-foe-26 from the floor and 8-for-18 from three-point range. Andrew Wiggins, again playing well on both ends of the court, contributed 26 points.

Green had another triple-double. The Warriors rarely lose when Green records a triple-double, and Monday night was not an exception. Green’s line was ten points, 13 rebounds, and 15 assists. Toscano-Anderson had 14, Jordan Poole 11, Bazemore 9.

The Warriors shot 53% from the floor and made 17 three in 44 attempts. On defense, the Warriors had nine steals and eight blocked shots. They forced 16 Pelican turnovers that resulted in 29 points for the Warriors. The one negative was the number of fouls they committed.

The Pelicans were awarded 32 free throws. They made 25. The Warriors scored 12. That 13-point difference made the game seem closer than it was. Zion Williamson let the Pelicans with 32. Brandon Ingram finished with 19. Eric Bledsoe had 11. The Warriors held Lonzo Ball to seven points. Ball was one-for-nine from downtown.

The Warriors meet the Pelicans again Tuesday night in New Orleans. The game will start at 5 pm.

Sacramento Kings game wrap: Kings Lose Seventh In A Row to Pelicans 117-110

Brandon Ingram forward (14) of the New Orleans Pelicans takes a shot over the Sacramento Kings guard Tyrese Haliburton (right) Mon Apr 12, 2021 in New Orleans (AP News photo)

By Barbara Mason

With the regulation season approaching the final lap, team’s are fighting for that eighth spot. The eighth spot is a very real possibility for a few teams but the Sacramento Kings and the New Orleans Pelicans are probably not one of them. The Kings were defeated in New Orleans for their seventh straight loss 117-110 to the Pelicans on Monday night.

The Pelicans have made a bit of a move and are now in 11th place, three games behind the eighth place Grizzlies. With roughly have 19 games left in the regular season; now is the time to make a move for both of these teams. The Kings are 22-31 and in 12th place; a full five games behind the Grizzles. A win tonight is exactly what the Kings are gearing up for. They have lost six games in a row and desperately need a win.

The Kings started off the game on a slow note. The Pelicans led after one quarter 31-19. The second quarter did not go well for the Kings either. They trailed going into the locker room at the half 68-45. Sacramento had a lot of ground to make up in the second half. The Kings were having trouble stopping the Pelican offense. This is not surprising since the team has suffered with poor defense all season.

The Kings would need starters Richaun Holmes, Harrison Barnes, and Tyrese Haliburton to really step up in the second half. The Kings made up a lot of ground in the third quarter. They trailed 86-74 cutting their half time deficit in half. De’Aaron Fox was having a great game with 31 points through three quarters.

The Kings would pull to within four points of New Orleans but just plain ran out of clock. The slow start in this game came back to bite them in the rear resulting in the disappointing loss.

De’Aaron Fox had the high score of the game with 43 points for the Kings. Harrison Barnes finished with 16 points and Maurice Harkless had 15. The Pelicans Brandon Ingram had 34 points and Zion Williamson had 30. This loss is the seventh in a row for Sacramento.

On Wednesday evening the Kings will take on the Wizards. Tip off is at 7:00 PM.