Jason Jones' 3 takeaways from Sacramento Kings loss to Pelicans
Player of the game: New Orleans forward Ryan Anderson scored 21 of his 29 points in the decisive second quarter as the Pelicans defeated the Kings 123-108 Wednesday night at Sleep Train Arena. The Kings lost all four games to the Pelicans this season.
Turning point: The Pelicans outscored the Kings 34-15 over the final 9:19 of the second quarter to establish a 74-53 halftime lead. The 74 points matched the most the Kings have given up in a half this season (at Boston, Feb. 7).
X-factor: Anderson was so dominant in the second quarter, All-Star Anthony Davis only played two minutes. Davis asserted himself in the second half and finished with 27 points and 14 rebounds.
Records: Kings 26-41, Pelicans 25-42
Key injuries: Guards Rajon Rondo (right thumb sprain, right shoulder contusion and turf toe), Marco Belinelli (sore right ankle) and Ben McLemore (fractured finger) were out for the Kings.