Despite a game-high 40 points and 16 rebounds from DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis (31 points, 10 rebounds) and the New Orleans Pelicans hung on for a 115-112 victory Monday night.

The Pels roared back from a a 17-point, second-half deficit to hand the Kings their second loss in a row.

AD had 23 points after halftime.

Per the AP:

“No matter what the score is or what the situation is — playoffs or no playoffs — we’re going to keep playing,” said Davis, who scored 23 points in the second half.

 

Norris Cole, who was questionable with back soreness, scored 23 and Jrue Holiday added 20 for New Orleans, which snapped a four-game skid. Dante Cunningham added a clutch 3-pointer — just his 40th of the season — to give the Pelicans their first lead of the second half at 111-110 with 36 seconds left.

 

The Kings finished with 24 turnovers in a loss that dropped them 5 ½ games behind Houston for the final Western Conference playoff spot. […] “It’s been killing us all year,” Cousins said of the turnovers. “It’s going to continue to be a problem if we don’t fix it.”