Associated Press photo by RICH PEDRONCELLI -- New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, center, receives congratulations from teammate Ryan Anderson, right, after scoring late in the fourth quarter against the Sacramento Kings last Tuesday in Sacramento, Calif. The Pelicans won 106-100.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Anthony Davis had 28 points and nine rebound to help the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Sacramento Kings 106-100 on Tuesday on Tuesday night.

Ryan Anderson hit four 3-pointers and scored 22 points for the Pelicans, who outscored the Kings 31-15 in the third. Tyreke Evans had 18 points, and Eric Gordon scored 17.

DeMarcus Cousins had 24 points and 17 rebounds for Sacramento, which dropped to 3-2 at home. Darren Collison added 13 points and 11 assists, and Jason Thompson finished with 15 points and nine rebounds.

Evans, who had 11 fourth-quarter points, made an off-balance shot over Cousins from close range and Davis converted one of two free throws, giving New Orleans a 103-97 lead with 28.8 seconds to go.

The Pelicans trailed 54-45 at halftime, but Davis and Anderson led the way during the big third period. Davis got free numerous times inside and had 10 points and Anderson made three 3-pointers to help New Orleans to a 76-69 lead heading into the fourth.

Behind the scoring of Evans and Gordon, the Pelicans built a 98-87 lead. But Sacramento responded with seven unanswered points and Cousins delivered a three-point play, cutting the lead to three points with 1:09 left.


Pelicans: Starting C Omer Asik missed his second straight game because of lower back pain. Alexis Ajinca started in his place. ... Evans is 14 for 30 from 3-point range this season. In four of the past five seasons, he shot 29 percent or less, including 22 percent last year. Kings: Before the game, Gay signed a $40 million, three-year contract extension. The formal announcement will take place Wednesday. ... Thompson had 10 points in the opening quarter.