Player of the game: DeMarcus Cousins had 37 points, 13 rebounds and four assists as the New Orleans Pelicans thumped the Kings 117-89 Friday night at Smoothie King Center. It was the first time Cousins had faced the Kings since they traded him during the All-Star break. The Kings are 5-14 since the deal.
Turning point: New Orleans closed the first quarter on a 14-4 run to take a 32-19 lead and control of the game.
X-factor: The Kings matched a season high by allowing 36 points off turnovers. They gave up the ball 22 times.
Records: Kings 29-47, Pelicans 33-43