NBA: Pelicans, minus three starters, together crush Kings

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FILE – Trey Murphy III #25 of the New Orleans Pelicans celebrates with Jose Alvarado #15 and Devonte’ Graham #4 during the second half against the Los Angeles Lakers at Smoothie King Center on February 4, 2023 in New Orleans, Louisiana . NOTE TO USERS: The User explicitly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Image, the user is agreeing to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/GETTY IMAGES NORTH US/Getty Images via AFP)

Trey Murphy III scored a top 30 of the season, and hosts New Orleans Pelicans beat the Sacramento Kings 136-104 in a short-arms battle Sunday night.

The Pelicans played without three starters – Zion Williamson (hamstring), Brandon Ingram (toe pain) and Jonas Valanciunas (quadriceps) – and all 11 players involved scored to help the team win the game. Monday in two nights after 10 losing streaks.

They ended the streak with a 131-126 win over the Los Angeles Lakers visitors on Saturday and the win over the Kings gave them their first straight win since completing a five-game winning streak on the 30th. December.

CJ McCollum added 24 points, Willy Hernangomez had 22 points and 16 rebounds, Naji Marshall scored 17, Kira Lewis Jr. there are 11 and Larry Nance Jr. 10 in New Orleans’ highest scoring game of the season.

Malik Monk scored 16 points, Domantas Sabonis had 12 points and 11 rebounds, Trey Lyles scored 12 and Davion Mitchell, Kevin Huerter and Keon Ellis each added 10 points to lead the Kings, who played without a player. Top scorer De’Aaron Fox for the second straight game for personal reasons. Sacramento fell 2-3 on a season-long seven-game trip.

Murphy scored 15 points in the first 7 and a half minutes of the third half as New Orleans extended the halftime lead to 18 points to 96–62. The Pelicans went on to hand the Kings their heaviest loss of the season.

Marshall scored nine points and McCollum had seven as New Orleans led 26-12.

The Kings heated up and Terence Davis made successive substitutions to complete the scoring as they shortened the deficit to 34-26 late in the first half.

Sacramento scored the first six points of the second half before Murphy hit two 3-pointers and Lewis had a 3-pointer and a 3-pointer to give the Pelicans a 52-40 lead.

The Kings lasted for the ninth round before New Orleans led the most in the half with 20 points on three occasions before taking a 70-52 lead at halftime.


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