Sacramento Kings

Despite Cousins’ big effort, Kings fall to Pelicans 101-95

Player of the game: DeMarcus Cousins had 24 points, 20 rebounds and a career-high 13 assists in the Kings’ 101-95 loss to New Orleans at Sleep Train Arena on Friday night to become the first Sacramento player to record back-to-back triple doubles since Chris Webber in 2004-05. Cousins had 24 points, 21 rebounds and 10 assists with a career-best six blocks in Wednesday’s loss at Houston.

Turning point: A ball that appeared to go off a New Orleans player as Omri Casspi declined to give chase was deemed to be the Pelicans’ ball after a referee review. This was with 1:36 to play and New Orleans nursing a 96-93 lead. The Kings failed to score on their next four possessions before Nik Stauskas dunked with 7.8 seconds to go as the Pelicans kept their playoff hopes alive.

Key stats: New Orleans made 14 of 29 three-point attempts, some of the very wide-open variety, and made 6 of 8 by the three-minute mark of the first quarter. The Kings were outrebounded 50-38.

X-factor: Quincy Pondexter had a career-high six three-pointers for New Orleans, including four in the first quarter. He added a halftime buzzer beater from the top of the key for a 56-42 Pelicans lead.

Records: Kings 26-49; Pelicans 41-34.

Injury update: The Kings’ Rudy Gay (concussion) missed the game. The Pelicans played without Jrue Holliday (stress reaction, lower right leg).

Up next: vs. Utah, Sunday, 6 p.m., CSNCA.

Joe Davidson