DeMarcus Cousins after come from behind 22 points for victory vs Hawks
Kings (22-32) vs. Pelicans (21-33)
Where: Golden 1 Center
When: Sunday, 6 p.m.
TV/radio: CSNCA, NBA, 950, 1140
1. Coming from behind: The Kings continue to start slowly, then rally, including Friday’s comeback from 22 points down early in the third quarter to top Atlanta 108-107. The pattern seems to inspire the Kings, with Darren Collison leading the charge. Collison has logged a lot of minutes the past week but has been “fantastic,” coach Dave Joerger said.
2. Cousins is key: DeMarcus Cousins struggled against Atlanta, committing nine turnovers in his return from a one-game suspension. Cousins can’t afford to be sluggish against New Orleans All-Star Anthony Davis, who is coming off a 42-point effort against Minnesota.
3. McLemore rises: Fourth-year guard Ben McLemore is picking up his offense. After scoring 17 points in a victory over Boston on Wednesday, he had a season-high 22 against Atlanta, including six of the Kings’ franchise-record 18 3-pointers. McLemore also grabbed a career-high nine rebounds against the Hawks.