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NBA Game Summary - Sacramento at Charlotte



(Tuesday, December 17th)

Final Score: Charlotte 95, Sacramento 87

Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Kemba Walker netted 24 points in the Charlotte Bobcats' 95-87 win over the Sacramento Kings from Time Warner Cable Arena.

Gerald Henderson contributed 20 points and Ramon Sessions provided 16 off the bench as Charlotte snapped a three-game losing streak.

Al Jefferson had 10 points and nine rebounds before fouling out.

The loss spoiled a tremendous effort from DeMarcus Cousins, who filled it up with 30 points, 17 rebounds and six assists for Sacramento. Isaiah Thomas had 21 points as the Kings fell to 1-2 since Rudy Gay made his team debut last week.

Gay, who had just four points on 1-of-6 shooting in 24 minutes, left in the third period with knee stiffness and did not return.

The Bobcats never trailed in the second half but the game was very much up for grabs early in the fourth quarter, when Jason Thompson's layup cut Charlotte's lead to 80-78.

Out of a timeout, however, Charlotte buckled down defensively and went on an 11-1 run to assume control. Jefferson made a pair of field goals during the surge, including a layup with 3:32 remaining to make it 91-79. The Bobcats weren't challenged after that.

"Tonight I think we did a better job of finishing the game," said Henderson. "Against some of the really good teams we struggle with that, but I think we're getting better at it."

Earlier, Cousins made his presence felt with 10 points in the first quarter, but Henderson had 12 and Charlotte shot 14-of-23 from the floor to take a 35-22 lead after 12 minutes.

"For me, this game was lost in the first quarter," said Kings head coach Mike Malone. "You look at quarters two, three and four, we outscored them 65-60 and hold them to 38 percent from the field. I thought our defense after that first quarter was great."

The lead ballooned to 18 points on a Cody Zeller jam 2:35 into the second, but Sacramento stayed at arm's length when Quincy Acy's 3-point play sparked a 9-0 Kings' run. Jimmer Fredette added a deep trey and Derrick Williams added three the old fashioned way for a 42-33 Charlotte edge.

Walker's stepback jumper 2.7 ticks before the halftime buzzer gave the Bobcats a 56-43 cushion at intermission.

Game Notes

The game featured just two ties and one lead change ... Both teams had 42 rebounds ... Charlotte will visit Toronto on Wednesday, while the Kings' four- game road trip continues in Atlanta on Wednesday.

12/18 00:20:48 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
4th
CAR 17
CLE 13
 
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
CAR
1st
TOR 24
NYK 14
 
4:30pm Today
CLE
MEM
6:00pm Tonight
MIA
BOS
6:00pm Tonight
BRK
DET
6:00pm Tonight
SAC
LAL
6:00pm Tonight
ORL
PHI
6:00pm Tonight
WAS
PHO
7:00pm Tonight
MIN
IND
7:00pm Tonight
OKC
NOP
Final
UVA 76
HARV 27
Final
BGU 68
FERST 82
 
Final
ARMY 72
MAINE 69
 
Final
QUIN 60
ORST 52
Final
CLST 69
USF 65
 
Final
CARK 55
CCAR 72
 
Final
UWGB 66
ARKLR 46
 
2nd
RAD 69
CORN 59
 
2nd
UNT 57
CREI 55
 
Final
CAN 67
HC 48
 
Final
USB 67
GHND 52
 
2nd
OKST 64
MD 70
 
Final
WINT 100
REIN 72
 
Final
UGST 68
SMISS 55
 
2nd
NEOM 75
TXPA 70
 
2nd
STLU 58
VERM 53
 
2nd
UNCA 60
WCU 62
 
2nd
EVAN 81
ALAST 63
 
2nd
HART 68
FIU 57
 
2nd
VALPO 60
GOSHEN 41
 
Half
LIP 32
PEAY 24
 
Half
DEN 12
BRY 22
 
Half
MONT 37
SD 33
 
Half
MTST 36
TENST 23
 
1st
SAMF 13
LAMON 15
 
1st
SCAR 13
COKR 10
 
4:00pm Today
HAMP
NARZ
 
4:00pm Today
SDU
SDCHR
 
4:00pm Today
BC
USC
4:30pm Today
NICST
TROY
 
4:30pm Today
BRAD
UCI
 
6:00pm Tonight
UGA
SHU
6:30pm Tonight
ALA
APP
7:00pm Tonight
KSU
NDST
 
7:00pm Tonight
WASU
SJST
9:00pm Tonight
UTEP
ALCOR
 
10:00pm Tonight
SEAT
SACST
 
6:00pm Tonight
DET
COL
6:00pm Tonight
EDM
DAL
7:00pm Tonight
BOS
BUF
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
CAR
7:00pm Tonight
CHI
TOR
9:00pm Tonight
WIN
PHI
4th
NOS 14
ATL 23
 
4th
HOU 22
BAL 7
 
4th
CAR 17
CLE 13
 
4th
CHI 14
DET 20
 
Final
TAM 3
GBP 20
 
4th
PIT 20
KAN 9
 
4th
MIA 28
MIN 28
 
Final
NYJ 16
NEP 17
 
4:05pm Today
STL
NYG
4:25pm Today
OAK
BUF
4:25pm Today
DAL
IND
8:30pm Tonight
ARI
SEA