Evans helps Kings beat Hornets 96-80

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Evans helps Kings beat Hornets 96-80

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Tyreke Evans had 27 points and Marcus Thornton scored 25 for the Sacramento Kings in a 96-80 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Sunday night.Playing without DeMarcus Cousins, who demanded a trade prior to the game and was told by coach Paul Westphal to stay home, the Kings ended a three game skid. Cousins was among several players who expressed frustration with the team's poor play after a 114-92 loss to the New York Knicks on Saturday.Asked during halftime Sunday if Cousins would be traded, Kings vice president of basketball operations said he would talk to the brooding center on Monday."He has to grow up," Petrie said.

Trevor Ariza had 17 points for the Hornets, who have dropped two straight after opening the season with a pair of victories. Chris Kaman contributed 14 points and 15 rebounds, Emeka Okafor had 13 points and 12 rebounds, and Carl Landry had 12 points.Evans shot 9 of 18 from the field, made 7-of-8 free throws and added four rebounds and three assists. John Salmons added 13 points for the Kings, who outscored the Hornets 58-40 in the second half.Evans provided a huge lift in the third quarter to help put the Kings ahead and also delivered in the fourth. With the shot clock running down, Evans made a 28-foot 3-pointer then followed with a dunk off a fast-break, putting Sacramento ahead 90-72 with 3:42 remaining.Hornets standout guard Eric Gordon missed his third straight game. Gordon bruised his knee in the season opener and is still listed as day to day while the Hornets try to be cautious with him.Struggling on offense in the opening half when they shot 30 percent, the Kings got going in the third quarter behind Evans. The Kings point guard was penetrating inside for baskets and also made several perimeter shots in scoring 13 points.Evans received plenty of help from Salmons, who made a pair of 3-pointers and scored eight points as the Kings outscored New Orleans 30-18 to assume a 68-58 lead heading into the fourth.NOTES: Kings veteran Francisco Garcia made his first appearance of the season, starting the second quarter. He also opened the fourth quarter and hit a pair of 3-pointers to extend the Kings lead. Ariza scored 10 points to help the Hornets take a 40-38 lead into halftime. Thornton scored 11 points for the Kings. Thornton was acquired by the Kings from New Orleans last year in February for forward Carl Landry. The Hornets outrebounded the Kings 60-41.

Former Kings top draft pick Fredette scores 73 points for Shanghai Sharks

Former Kings top draft pick Fredette scores 73 points for Shanghai Sharks

Former Kings No. 10 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, Jimmer Fredette, is back to making buckets. 

The sharp-shooter continued his dominance in the Chinese Basketball Association with 73 points Sunday night in the Shanghai Sharks' 135-132 double-overtime loss to the Zhejiang Lions. 

Fredette took 49 shots on the night, making 25 of them, and also drained 10 shots from beyond the arc. At the charity strike he went a perfect 13-of-13.

The 73-point night is the fourth-highest scoring game in CBA history.  

Fredette, 27, is taking the league by storm. In 36 games played, he is averaging 36.3 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game. And he's connecting on 40.5 percent of his 3-point attempts. 

Sacramento traded Fredette after 41 games in his third season with the Kings where he only averaged 7.0 points points while playing 15.0 minutes per game.

Over five NBA seasons between four teams, Fredette only averaged 6.0 points per contest. 

Cousins eliminated in first round of Skills Competition by eventual champ Porzingis

Cousins eliminated in first round of Skills Competition by eventual champ Porzingis

Big men continue to reign supreme in the NBA All-Star Saturday night skills competition.

New York Knicks 7-foot-3 forward Kristaps Porzingis won it, beginning his journey by beating Kings center DeMarcus Cousins and ending it by besting Utah's Gordon Hayward.

Those vanquished in earlier rounds included guards John Wall of Washington and Isaiah Thomas of Boston, both because they couldn't make their initial 3-pointers required to close out the course before Hayward did.

Porzingis emerged from the big-men's division that included the Pelicans' Anthony Davis and Denver's Nikola Jokic.

Porzingis and Hayward were neck and neck until the end of the course, but Porzingis hit his 3 first to end it.

The three-round, obstacle-course competition tests dribbling, passing, agility and shooting skills.