"I thought we played a great game up until about five minutes and 23 seconds," Sacramento coach Keith Smart said. "We just didn't manage that moment, that little pocket of the game."
The Hornets increased a 53-47 halftime lead to 73-60 late in the third quarter thanks in large part to a flurry of dunks. During a six-minute stretch of the quarter, 10 of the Hornets' 13 points came on dunks, including two by Davis and one each by Gordon, Lopez and Al-Farouq Aminu.
Sacramento closed to within a basket twice late in the quarter but six consecutive points by Vasquez gave the Hornets a 79-73 lead entering the final 12 minutes.
A 17-7 spurt to open the fourth broke it open for the Hornets, giving New Orleans a 96-83 lead with 6:05 remaining.
Jason Smith had four of his eight points during the surge.
"(Smith's) energy is something we've been riding all year along," Williams said. "He was in the paint all night long and knocked down a couple of jump shots. I feel he's an X factor for us."
New Orleans found little resistance in the lane, whether it was Davis or Lopez roaming uncontested or their teammates scurrying free off of a pick and roll. The Hornets outscored the Kings 62-44 in the paint, a season high for New Orleans.
The Kings scored 30 points in the lane in the first half but were held to 14 in the second.
"We knew we needed to match Sacramento's energy," Anderson said. "That's a team that really thrives on that. It fueled us getting those alley-oop dunks and getting those wide open shots."
Davis, who sat out most of the final two quarters Friday against Dallas with a knee injury, scored 12 points in the first half in leading the Hornets to a 53-47 lead at the break. Davis was 5 of 7 from the field, including a pair of highlight-reel dunks on fast breaks, one coming on a Gordon assist and the other on a nifty pass from Vasquez.
"Tonight you got a little taste of what (Davis) can do every night," Anderson said. "He's learning, still learning as a player how he can be most effective. Tonight this is the way he can play."
Newly acquired C Cole Aldrich was not with the Kings on Sunday, Sacramento coach Keith Smart said before the game. Smart said Aldrich was in Sacramento for additional medical tests. Aldrich, along with Toney Douglas and Patrick Patterson were acquired in a trade with the Houston Rockets this past week in exchange for Thomas Robinson. Douglas and Patterson were with the team and Patterson scored 2 points. Douglas did not play.
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