NBA Game Summary - Sacramento at New Orleans/Oklahoma City
(Friday, January 26th)
Final Score: New Orleans/Oklahoma City 88, Sacramento 84
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Desmond Mason had 24 points and eight rebounds, as the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets bested the Sacramento Kings, 88-84, at New Orleans Arena.
Bobby Jackson netted 15 and dished out seven assists while Devin Brown added 14 points, six boards and six helpers for the Hornets, who snapped a two-game losing streak.
Tyson Chandler chipped in 13 points and pulled down 12 boards in the win, the Hornets fourth in the last six meetings.
"I thought from the opening jump ball, until the game was over that our intensity level was pretty good," said Hornets head coach Byron Scott. "We were focused and we did a lot of good things on the defensive end. Overall our intensity and focus level was there, and I didn't see that in the previous two games."
Mike Bibby and Kevin Martin scored 21 points apiece and John Salmons donated 14 for the Kings, who had a two-game winning streak come to an end.
"We've done a good job of closing out the last three out of four," said Sacramento head coach Eric Musselman. "I thought we played a good fourth quarter. But obviously in the third quarter, we struggled to score. We felt that if we held them to under 90 points that we could win the game, but obviously that wasn't he case."
Bibby's layup pulled the Kings within 57-56, but the Hornets ended the third period with 10 of the final 14 points, capped by Mason's alley-oop, pushing the margin to 67-60 heading into the final frame.
The Hornets outscored Sacramento 21-10 in the third quarter, as the Kings shot 3-of-25 from the floor in the stanza.
Sacramento went on a 15-5 streak, highlighted by Martin's trey, for a 75-73 edge with 6:13 to play.
Jackson's layup with 2:12 remaining gave the Hornets an 82-80 margin, but Bibby nailed a jumper on the other end to even the score.
Chandler put in a layup and Brown drained a trey, which seemed to come after the shot clock expired, put the Hornets up 87-82 with 11 ticks on the clock.
The Hornets led 23-21 after the opening 12 minutes of play.
Jannero Pargo's three extended the lead to 42-33, but the Kings closed the second quarter with a 17-4 run, including nine points from Bibby, for a 50-46 halftime margin.
The Hornets opened the third quarter with an 11 unanswered points, with six coming off the hand of Mason, as they moved back in front 57-50.
The Hornets connected on 44 percent of their shots from the field, while the Kings shot 36 percent from the floor...The Hornets have won four straight meetings at home...The Kings continue their four-game road trip at Dallas on Saturday...The Hornets are in the midst of a four-game home swing, which continues against Utah on Saturday.
01/27 00:20:12 ET