NBA Game Summary - Sacramento at New Orleans
(Wednesday, November 19th)
Final Score: Sacramento 105, New Orleans 96
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - John Salmons led five Kings in double figures with 29 points and six assists in Sacramento's 105-96 victory over the New Orleans Hornets.
Salmons hit a solid 13-of-18 from the floor for the Kings, who snapped a three-game skid. Donte Greene, in his first career start, notched 15 points, and Beno Udrih chipped in 14 points and seven assists in the impressive victory.
"We believe that we are in a rebuilding situation, but at the same time we want to be competitive," Kings head coach Reggie Theus said. "We want to win as many games as possible, but at the same time we want to develop our young guys. They've been coming through with flying colors."
Brad Miller added 14 points and eight boards for Sacramento, while Bobby Jackson came off the bench scored all eight of his points in the critical fourth quarter.
Chris Paul, nursing a balky ankle, logged 20 points and 15 assists, while David West scored 22 points for New Orleans, which has lost three of four. Tyson Chandler posted a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.
"This is a bad loss for us," West said. "We definitely have taken steps back as a team. We're going to have to come together and make a push because right now teams are just walking over us."
The Kings went scoreless for the first four minutes of the fourth quarter and trailed 84-77. Spencer Hawes, who finished with nine points, hit a layup to jump-start a 10-0 run for Sacramento.
West hit two field goals to regain the lead, but Jackson nailed a three- pointer to put the Kings ahead for good
"I don't mind taking the big shots," said Jackson, who played 102 games in parts of two seasons with the Hornets. "I like that pressure. If you give me the ball everybody knows I'm going to shoot it. You either make it or miss it. I don't care if I make it or miss it."
Holding a 96-91 lead with 3 1/2 to play, Jackson hit a triple in the corner, and Miller's jumper with just over a minute left made it a seven-point game, as the Kings made their free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
The first three quarters were back-and-forth affairs. New Orleans took a 29-23 edge after 12 minutes of play and led 54-51 at the break.
An 8-2 run to start the third helped the visitors take a slim 77-76 lead heading to the final quarter.
The Kings played without guard Kevin Martin and forward Mikki Moore, who were both out with ankle injuries...The home team had won three straight in the series and 12 of the last 13 meetings...Sacramento's Jason Thompson had 10 points, and Devin Brown scored 13 for the Hornets.
11/19 23:51:31 ET