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Pelicans Top Kings in Tyreke’s Terrific Return to Sacramento

Tyreke Evans returned to Sacramento for the first time since the Kings shipped off the 24-year-old in July, and he ensured his presence was going to be felt throughout Sleep Train Arena. The New Orleans Pelicans’ sixth man, who played his first four years in the league with the Kings poured in a season-high 25 points to go along with 12 assists as he led his new squad to a 113-100 victory.

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Anthony Davis added 21 points and 11 rebounds while Eric Gordon and Jrue Holliday each contributed with 17 points.

DeMarcus Cousins dropped a team-high 24 points and recorded 14 rebounds for the Kings. Isaiah Thomas produced 21 points, 5 assists and 5 rebounds and Marcus Thornton added 19 off the bench.

Prior to the game, Evans denied feeling any extra pressure playing against his former team.

“Not really,” Evans said when asked if this game would bring added emotions. “I’m just looking forward to playing back there. It’s going to be fun. I’m not going to change my game or try and go out there and do things different. I’m just going to play hard and try and get a win, just do what I do.”

The 2010 Rookie of the Year had his best performance of the season, helping the Pelicans snap an eight-game road losing streak to Western conference opponents.

Evans is averaging 12 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists on the season.

The Pelicans return to action on Friday night, hosting the Denver Nuggets at 8:00 P.M. ET.

 

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