NBA Game Summary - Charlotte at Sacramento
(Saturday, January 4th)
Final Score: Charlotte 113, Sacramento 103
Sacramento, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Kemba Walker poured in 30 points to guide
the Charlotte Bobcats to a 113-103 win over the Sacramento Kings.
Al Jefferson contributed 27 points and nine rebounds. Gerald Henderson added
16 points for the Bobcats, who snapped a five-game skid. Charlotte swept the
season series and beat the Kings for the eighth time in the last 11 meetings.
"It was a big win, especially for our confidence," Walker said. "
DeMarcus Cousins had 26 points and 11 boards to pace the Kings, who have
dropped seven of their last 10 contests.
The Bobcats, who were blown out by a combined 57 points in road defeats to
Portland and the Clippers the last two contests, went ahead for good by
scoring 17 consecutive points in the second quarter.
Jason Thompson's jumper provided the Kings with a 50-48 edge with 3:48 left in
the half, but the Bobcats held the hosts without a point over the next three-
plus minutes. Chris Douglas-Roberts put down an alley-oop slam off a pass from
Walker and Jefferson capped the burst with a pair of free throws with 27.7
Rudy Gay's jumper finally ended the run, but the 65-52 deficit was too much to
overcome for the Kings.
Sacramento did get within 78-77 with 2:19 left in the third and the Kings went
into the fourth down 89-82 following a 3-pointer from Isaiah Thomas.
The Kings were again within two early in the fourth, but they could never get
over the hump. The pivotal moment came with 4:17 left when Jefferson was
credited with a basket off a goaltending call on Cousins. That widened the gap
to six points, and then Jefferson nailed a running hook shot for a 107-99
margin with 3:33 left.
"We can't play to the level of the competition," Thompson said. "No disrespect
to them, but the games we play against San Antonio, Houston or Miami our
defense is up, making deflections and things like that. When we play the
lower-echelon teams, we have to have that same type of intensity."
The Kings have scored 100 or more points in 15 of the last 16 games (including
the last nine contests) ... Thomas had 21 points and eight assists ...
Thompson scored 15 with 14 rebounds and Gay ended with 17 points and 10
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