NBA Game Summary - Sacramento at Charlotte
(Wednesday, March 18th)
Final Score: Charlotte 104, Sacramento 88
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Gerald Wallace, who left the game briefly late in the second quarter after hurting his right knee, scored 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Charlotte Bobcats in a 104-88 rout of the lowly Kings.
Wallace is set to have more tests done on the knee come Thursday.
Emeka Okafor chipped in 16 points, 10 boards and four blocks for the Bobcats, who have won two in a row. Vladimir Radmanovic and Raymond Felton scored 14 points apiece in the win.
"This was not a growth game. You know, I admire the heck out of that other team," Bobcats head coach Larry Brown said. "The way they played, under the circumstances they were in, I got a lot of admiration for them. We were real fortunate to win the game."
Charlotte is 1 1/2 games off the final playoff spot in the East.
Rashad McCants went 5-for-8 from three-point range en route to 30 points for the Kings, who have dropped five straight games. Francisco Garcia totaled 17 points and Jason Thompson 12, with 11 boards, in defeat.
"We had our chances coming down late, just didn't hit shots," Kings head coach Kenny Natt said. "We still had our opportunities until late in the game. Obviously, rebounding was a big key; (the Bobcats) basically murdered us on the boards."
The Kings, who were without shooting guard Kevin Martin (illness) and small forward Andres Nocioni (quadriceps), fell to 0-28 against the Eastern Conference this season.
The Bobcats jumped out to a 33-25 lead after the first quarter and were up 51-46 at the break.
Five straight points from McCants tied it up at 57 with 7:17 left to play in the third.
Moments later, Donte Greene's layup gave the Kings a 64-62 lead; however, Wallace answered with a three, as the Bobcats outscored their counterparts, 16-6, en route to a 78-70 lead heading into the fourth.
Five points from McCants pulled Sacramento within 82-77 with about nine minutes left to play.
Still leading by five later in the fourth, Radmanovic nailed a three to spark a 14-0 Charlotte run that gave the Bobcats a 101-82 lead with 2:12 left to play. Sacramento failed to threaten from there.
The Kings shot 39.1 percent from the field, while the Bobcats hit at a 48.5 percent clip...Sacramento fell to 4-31 as the visitor in 2008-09...Charlotte defeated Sacramento, 98-91, on February 25 this season at ARCO Arena, but the Kings have won three of the past six meetings.
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