AKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) – Harrison Barnes scored 25 points, including 12 in the third quarter, and the Sacramento Kings beat the New Orleans Pelicans 112-106 on Tuesday night.
The Kings earned their second win in the NBA restart – each over the Pelicans.
With both teams eliminated from the playoffs, among the top starters given the night off were Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson and Kings leading scorer De’Aaron Fox.
The Kings’ only win in their first six games in the restart was a 140-125 victory over the Pelicans on Thursday, when Bogdan Bogdanovic scored a career-high 35 points. Bogdanovic had 16 points in the rematch.
Jahlil Okafor led New Orleans with 21 points. Lonzo Ball added 16 points while making four 3-pointers.
New Orleans is 2-5 in the bubble.
The Pelicans led 49-42 before back-to-back jams by Harry Giles III highlighted the Kings’ 8-0 run in the second period.
After leading 62-61 at halftime, Sacramento pulled away in the third quarter, opening a 92-79 lead on Buddy Hield’s 3-pointer. Barnes sank two 3-pointers in the period.
New Orleans closed to 110-106 on Frank Jackson’s short jumper with 31 seconds remaining. Nemanja Bjelica answered with two free throws.
Pelicans: Williamson watched from the sideline wearing a Black Lives Matter shirt. He was listed as out due to a sore right knee. Williamson missed 44 games at the start of the season after having arthroscopic surgery on the knee and had the right leg wrapped in Sunday’s loss to the San Antonio Spurs. Brandon Ingram (sore right knee) and Jrue Holiday (right elbow contusion) also were held out.
Kings: Kent Bazemore (sore left calf) missed his second straight game. Injuries also kept Richaun Holmes (hip) and Fox (shoulder) out of the game.
Pelicans: Play Orlando on Thursday night.
Kings: Play Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday.
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