Sacramento Kings Rally Behind Z-Bo’s 35, Defeat Pelicans In Overtime

NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 8: Zach Randolph /

The Sacramento Kings rallied on the road to earn the 116-109 win over the New Orleans Pelicans in extra time.

Tonight’s contest was definitely highlighted by the epic matchup between DeMarcus Cousins and Zach Randolph. The two big men were up against each other for the majority of the game as both constantly traded off baskets with one another

For the night, Cousins finished with 38 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, and three steals while Randolph recorded 35 points and 13 rebounds.

As a result of the big men dual, the game remained close for the entire night. The Pelicans led by one point ending the first quarter and then by six points going into halftime. But the Kings gradually chipped away the Pelicans’ lead which led to the game going into overtime.

In extra time, Randolph was spectacular for the Kings. Whether it was draining three-pointers or muscling his way into the paint, he was an offensive juggernaut for Sacramento when they needed him the most.

It is also important to consider that Z-Bo’s performance was not a one-man show. Other contributors from Sacramento were De’Aaron Fox who recorded 14 points and four assists, Buddy Hield who scored 18 points, and Frank Mason III who recorded 12 points, five rebounds, and three assists.

Final Thoughts

Tonight’s game is a moment of celebration for the Kings and their fans. This contest was the first time the Kings have defeated the Pelicans since the “Cousins-to-New Orleans” trade transpired. So it is nice to get the monkey off their chests.

For the last few games the Kings have shown to be competitive, and tonight’s performance was a stellar way to end what was an entertaining four-game road trip by the team.

Hopefully, these last couple of outings will be the start of a new trend for the Kings where they consistently play gritty and competitive basketball going forth.

Next time Sacramento hits the hardwood will be Sunday afternoon when they host the Toronto Raptors.