The Kings traveled to New Orleans to face off against the Pelicans on Monday in a matchup highlighted by premier big men. Both teams were predicted to at least contend for a playoff spot, but that has not been the case this year. Luckily for fans, DeMarcus Cousins, and Anthony Davis had a great duel.

DMC’s maturation has catapulted him to become the best center in the NBA while Anthony Davis isn’t far behind. The two combined for 71 points on 29/50 shooting, but it was a tale of two halves for both players, and both teams.

Sacramento went into the break up 63-50 behind a super-strong half from Cousins where he tallied 23 points and nine rebounds. Davis was relatively unaggressive in the half and only attempted seven shots, but did record eight points. New Orleans’ first half offense was spurred by Jrue Holiday and Norris Cole, who combined for 22 points and eight assists.

The third quarter started, and Davis came out more aggressive and looked very impressive. He doubled his scoring output with 17 in the quarter and Cousins, along with the Kings collectively, began to see some digression. Cousins had seven points on 3/7 shooting, and the Kings recorded 26 points while seeing their 13-point lead get cut down to six.

The fourth quarter wasn’t a total implosion, but it was close. The Kings were outscored 32-23 in the fourth and wound up losing 115-112. New Orleans put together a total team effort in the fourth¬†and forced Sacramento into seven turnovers that resulted in five points. DeMarcus Cousins finished with 40 points and 16 rebounds, his fourth 40/10 game of the year, and Anthony Davis finished with 31 points and ten boards.

The Kings play at home against the Cavaliers on Wednesday; New Orleans travels to Charlotte to play the Hornets on Wednesday as well.

Around The League

LeBron James moved into 13th on the all-time scoring list, but Cleveland couldn’t beat a short-handed Grizzlies team and lost 106-103. James recorded 28 and Irving had 27 while Memphis was led by Tony Allen‘s 26 and 17 from both Chalmers and Stephenson.

The Warriors win a record-setting 45th straight game at home over the Magic, 119-113. Steph Curry had 41 points and became the first player in history to hit 300 threes in a season. And number 300 was unbelievable. Orlando got 20p/16r from Gordon and 19p/9r/8a from Oladipo.

Pau Gasol and Derrick Rose led Chicago to a 100-90 victory over the Bucks without Jimmy Butler. Rose was the catalyst offensively and had 22 points on 50% shooting, giving him ten such games this season. Milwaukee was relatively stagnant on offense and only shot 39% on the night, compared to Chicago’s 50%.

Scores

MIN 103 – CHA 108

MEM 106 – CLE 103

SAS 91 РIND 99 

MIL 90 – CHI 100

SAC 112 – NOLA 115

LAC 109 – DAL 90

ORL 113 – GSW 119