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Monday, December 23rd (All times Eastern)

New Orleans Pelicans (11-14) at Sacramento Kings (8-18), 10 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The New Orleans Pelicans are winless on their five-game western road trip, which concludes Monday against the Sacramento Kings.

The Pelicans dropped to 0-4 on the jaunt following Saturday's 110-107 loss at Portland and wasted 21-point efforts from both Anthony Davis and Tyreke Evans. Davis was playing in his second game since returning from a broken hand and also grabbed nine rebounds to go with two blocks.

Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon scored 18 points apiece and Jrue Holiday ended with 13 points for the Pelicans, who are in the midst of playing 10 of 12 games away from home.

Anderson and Evans each missed potential game-tying 3-pointers in the closing seconds, and New Orleans fell to 4-9 as the visitor and had a 105-103 lead after trailing 96-86.

"It wasn't the cleanest look," said Anderson. "That last play we drew up was a great play and I think the timing was a little bit off. I was comfortable taking that shot and I felt like it was going in, but it didn't."

Gordon has scored in double digits 20 times in 25 games for the Pelicans

The Kings are back home for a couple games and went 1-3 on their recent road trip along the eastern seaboard. They ended a three-game slide with Saturday's 105-100 triumph at Orlando, as Isaiah Thomas and Rudy Gay ended with 23 points apiece. They both hit a trio of 3-pointers and Sacramento shot 52.2 percent from long range (12-of-23).

"We made enough plays obviously to get that win," said Kings head coach Michael Malone. "(I'm) proud of our guys to finish up a disappointing road trip but we didn't hang our heads."

Marcus Thornton had 11 of his 15 points off the bench in the fourth quarter and DeMarcus Cousins tallied 14 and 11 rebounds in the win. The Kings scored 23 points off 18 Orlando turnovers and have now scored 100 or more points in nine of the last 10 games, averaging 104.0 points in that time.

Gay is enjoying his move to Sacramento and has recorded at least 20 points in four of six games since the trade from Toronto.

For how well the Kings have played offensively lately, they're still struggling on defense and are next to last in opponents' scoring (103.3 ppg). Only the Philadelphia 76ers are worse at 111.7 ppg.

Sacramento will play seven of the next nine games at home and is 5-10 at Sleep Train Arena this season.

The Kings lost two of three meetings with New Orleans last season, but are unbeaten in the last four as the host in this series. Sacramento is 18-4 in the previous 22 matchups between the teams in California's capital.

12/23 10:35:06 ET

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NCCU 65
EILL 40
 
Final
NCSU 60
BSU 54
 
3rd
PIT 2
CAR 3
 
4th
CHA 101
GSW 106
 
2nd
UF 35
UNC 43
 
2nd
TULSA 14
ECU 14
 
Final
BOS 102
CHI 109
4th
CHA 101
GSW 106
 
3rd
TOR 56
DAL 69
 
4th
DET 72
MIL 85
 
4th
ATL 72
NOP 62
 
Half
HOU 44
LAC 56
 
Half
OKC 59
NYK 33
 
3rd
IND 49
ORL 45
 
2nd
SAN 46
SAC 40
 
1st
DEN 15
PHO 7
 
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WMICH 21
NILL 31
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SMU 9
HOU 35
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IOWA 34
NEB 37
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SFLA 0
UCF 16
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MARS 66
WKENT 67
Final
KSU 27
AKR 24
Final
BGU 24
BST 41
Final
UMASS 21
BUF 41
Final
EMICH 16
TOL 52
Final
MIZZ 21
ARK 14
Final
SALABAMA 40
NAVY 42
Final
ARZ 42
ARST 35
Final
AFA 27
COLST 24
Final
UCLA 10
STAN 31
2nd
VT 10
UVA 6
 
2nd
TULSA 14
ECU 14
 
Final
NCCU 65
EILL 40
 
Final
KU 82
TENN 67
Final
TEXAM 87
NO 65
 
Final
NCAT 57
RAD 65
 
Final
GEOR 58
BUT 64
Final
BRO 81
PVU 71
Final
RIU 66
SCU 44
Final
NARZ 70
SOUTH 63
Final
DART 68
MAST 67
Final
WRST 59
FIU 61
Final
XAV 73
UTEP 77
Final
OSU 73
JMU 56
Final
TXSOU 71
LAM 59
 
Final
TAMCC 75
MVSU 66
 
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AKAN 51
MIZST 55
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BUCK 80
PSU 88
 
Final
PROV 72
YALE 66
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UGA 62
MINN 66
Final
WISC 69
OKLA 56
Final
Terriers 70
NORST 72
 
Final
PEAY 62
STEPH 83
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FSU 58
CSOU 47
 
Final
VALPO 66
DRAK 46
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CIN 69
MTST 51
Final
SDU 75
PRIN 65
Final
WASU 76
RICE 74
 
Final
CSFU 64
USCU 79
 
Final
GT 61
RIDE 54
 
Final
TXPA 79
ALAST 91
 
Final
NCSU 60
BSU 54
 
Final
TCU 57
BRAD 49
 
Final
WAKE 65
DELST 72
 
Final
HART 83
EMERSON 50
 
Final
STJ 66
GONZ 73
 
Final
CLEM 62
HIGH 59
 
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SYR 72
HC 48
 
Final
MD 61
MON 56
 
Final
JVST 74
SAV 71
 
Final
MIAMI 87
SALA 75
 
Final
RUTG 68
VANDY 65
 
2nd
PETE 55
TENST 54
 
2nd
MARS 32
CLST 43
 
2nd
JST 38
HOF 49
 
2nd
INDST 36
MEM 48
 
2nd
UF 35
UNC 43
 
2nd
LATU 44
SAMF 35
 
2nd
TULA 60
SELA 49
 
2nd
NEB 54
TENNM 44
 
Half
MISS 31
CREI 37
 
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PORT 30
MURST 29
 
1st
MARQ 9
MSU 12
 
1st
ARK 14
UNT 16
 
1st
NCOL 20
STET 11
 
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IND 18
UNCG 9
 
1st
SJST 5
WMICH 15
 
1st
MNTST 16
TXARL 8
 
9:30pm Tonight
UVA
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COLST
PAC
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UTAH
NDAK
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ILL
BAY
10:30pm Tonight
UAB
UCLA
11:30pm Tonight
WASH
LBSU
11:59pm Tonight
UCSB
MERC
Final
PHI 0
NYR 3
Final
ANA 1
CHI 4
Final
WAS 5
NYI 2
3rd
PIT 2
CAR 3
 
3rd
NJD 4
DET 4
 
3rd
BUF 1
MON 1
 
3rd
CLB 0
VAN 3
 
3rd
BOS 1
WIN 1
 
2nd Intermission
FLA 1
OTT 2
 
2nd
STL 1
EDM 1
 
1st Intermission
DAL 0
MIN 2