NBA: New Orleans 114, Sacramento 105

Jan. 21, 2013 at 3:47 PM
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NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- New Orleans' Ryan Anderson scored 19 of his 27 points in the first half Monday and the Hornets held off the Sacramento Kings for a 114-105 victory.

Anderson hit back-to-back 3-point shots twice in the second quarter and the Hornets had at least 30 points in each of the first two periods in building a 64-38 halftime lead.

The Kings used a 37-point third quarter in which DeMarcus Cousins scored 12 points to get back into the game and continued to whittle away at the deficit.

Sacramento pulled to 104-97 when Cousins dropped in a layup with 3:14 to go but Eric Gordon hit a jumper and Greivis Vasquez made a 3-point shot for the Hornets that kept the Kings at length.

Vasquez finished to 19 points and 11 assists to support Anderson's 27-point effort. Gordon chipped in 16 points and Al-Farouq Aminu had 13 points and 10 rebounds for New Orleans.

Cousins ended up with game highs in points (29) and rebounds (13). Isaiah Thomas scored 18 points and Tyreke Evans 16 for Sacramento.

The Kings, playing at 10 a.m. Sacramento time, was on the court the same day the NBA said it received papers indicating the team had been sold. The franchise is expected to be moved to Seattle, perhaps as soon as next season.

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