The Kings were actually outscored 50-46 in the paint tonight. But don’t be fooled, they were the more physical team.
The Kings’ 102-97 win over the New Orleans Pelicans was all about the Kings being the tougher team.
The Kings outrebounded the Pelicans 47-30. That included a 15-3 edge in offensive rebounds. The Kings scored 22 second-chance points, while New Orleans managed only four.
“I think they were putting their hands on us in a way that had us on our heels a little bit,” said New Orleans coach Monty Williams. “But the rebounding – they wanted the ball more than we did on shots. Some of the bounces didn’t go our way but a number of them, they wanted the ball more. And they were physical all night long.”
DeMarcus Cousins was too much for the Pelicans (35 points, 14 rebounds).
“He’s a tough cover,” Williams said. “A number of times we had double teams down there and he just bulled through the double team and got to the basket. A couple of time off the dribble tonight attacking the basket. And then he got 12 free throws so he had a good night.”• Williams on Ray McCallum, who scored 10 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter:
“He’s pretty good. He was defensively sound tonight. He knocked down big shots that you didn’t expect him to knock down. He was pretty good.”• The Kings’ bench only produced six points, but coach Michael Malone liked the energy from Quincy Acy, who grabbed four offensive rebounds and five overall.