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.”
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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.