On Sunday afternoon against the Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Hornets rookie forward Anthony Davis showed no lingering effects from a minor knee sprain suffered this past Friday against the Dallas Mavericks.

Davis had little difficulty beating the Kings forwards in transition or catching lob passes that led to forceful dunks. Davis sprained his knee early in the third quarter and did not return against the Mavericks. He practiced Saturday and returned to his usual starting spot against the Kings.

He made his presence felt, scoring a team-high 20 points and grabbing eight rebounds in the Hornets’ 110-95 victory against the Kings in front of 12,788 at the New Orleans Arena. It snapped a three-game losing streak.

"It’s just going out there playing,’’ Davis said. "I had to be aggressive. I had to stop settling for jump shots and start attacking the basket. When we do that, we are a hard team to beat. We have guys that are good offensive rebounders, so we could kick back out to guys to shoot or go back up with it.’’

It didn’t take Davis long to make an impact, soaring to score his first bucket on a tip shot three minutes into the game. From there, Davis soared several more times through the lane for two-handed dunks. One of his highlight plays came in the second quarter when he soared just past the free-throw line and forcefully made an uncontested layup. By halftime, Davis had 12 points and he continued to impact the game offensively in the second half.

"I definitely like to see him play at that tempo all year,’’ said shooting guard Eric Gordon, who scored 17 points and had a season-high eight assists. "He’s very athletic and when he’s knocking those jump shots down, it opens up a lot of things. He can put the ball on the ground and make plays.