Pelicans bubble doesn’t include defense, fall to Kings

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A telling statistic it is. New Orleans shoots 57 percent from the field, and loses by 15.

The Sacramento Kings defeated the Pelicans 140-125 Thursday in the NBA bubble. New Orleans’ hopes of being at least the 9th seed in the Western Conference took a big hit. The Pelicans fell to 29-39 on the season.

Sacramento made 16 three pointers. Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 35 points. De’Aaron Fox scored 30 for the Kings.

Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram led New Orleans with 24 points.

The Pelicans play Washington Friday night.

New Orleans plays the San Antonio Spurs Sunday live on WGNO and ABC. WGNO Sportszone pregame coverage tips off at 1:00 pm. The game tips off 2:00 pm, with a WGNO Sportszone postgame show to follow.

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