It was only the 50th game of the season, but the win gave the Pelicans a 3-1 season series win over the Thunder and clinched the first head-to-head tiebreaker for New Orleans.
"He's willing to sacrifice his body to make a play", said head coach Alvin Gentry afterwards.
"It just seemed like we had a lot of moments where we could have just given up in that game", Clippers guard Austin Rivers said. He appeared in 70 or more games only once in his first five seasons. But I'm going to keep selling the dream here. "But to better ourselves we have to do a better job, at least when I was in there, to make sure that we execute our game plans and don't play down to the level of our competition". He's a guy that's going to do everything he can to help us win games. Rajon Rondo just missed another triple-double with 14 points, nine rebounds, and ten assists, while Nikola Mirotic had 24 points on 6-of-11 shooting from beyond the arc as he got the start. Last night's win places the Pelicans a half-game in front of the San Antonio Spurs. He did it all in New Orleans' 121-116 win, as his team won its ninth game in a row.
Hield had 20 points while Zach Randolph added 19 points and five rebounds for Sacramento. "Everybody on the team is playing well".
Clippers coach Doc Rivers offered his assessment of the outcome.
It is unquestionably a good thing that Davis emerged healthy after an injury scare and he was undeniably fantastic in the second half on Tuesday.
Clippers: In his 13th season, Williams is averaging career highs in points (23.2), assists (5.4), 3-point percentage (.369) and free-throw percentage. I'm pretty confident that he'll stay. I know what I felt and then came and got it checked out. Harris and Williams each scored 27 points and Harrell added 26, but the Clippers paid the price for their inconsistent play and failed to hold off the Pelicans in crunch time.
The Pelicans are 10-5 since Cousins went down and go into Wednesday's tilt holding sole possession of the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference standings. "But in this stretch, it's all somehow come out in a win and that's what is really important".
The ESPN matchup predictor has the New Orleans Pelicans favored with a 62% chance of winning. The Kings were already without Willie Cauley-Stein (lower back strain) for a third consecutive game.