SACRAMENTO, Calif. --- Point guard Kemba Walker scored 30 points, and center Al Jefferson scored 10 of his 25 down the stretch as the Charlotte Bobcats snapped a five-game losing streak Saturday with a 113-103 victory over the SACRAMENTO Kings.
Jefferson scored 10 straight points in the final quarter, and guard Ramon Sessions added two big buckets among his 12 points early in the final frame to keep SACRAMENTO at bay. Charlotte also ended a four-game road losing streak and produced its best shooting night of the season.
Center DeMarcus Cousins had 26 points and 11 rebounds, his 20th double-double of the season, but the Kings fell to 0-2 on their five-game homestand. SACRAMENTO has not won consecutive games at home this season.
Point guard Isaiah Thomas had 21 points and made at least one 3-pointer in his 26th consecutive game for the Kings. Forward Rudy Gay added 17 points and forward Jason Thompson had 14 of his season-high 15 points in the first half for SACRAMENTO.
Charlotte did not trail after blitzing SACRAMENTO with a 17-0 run after the Kings inched ahead 40-38 with 4;37 left in the first half. The Bobcats entered the night averaging just 92.6 points per game, but they rolled up 89 in the first three quarters against the Kings.
SACRAMENTO’s issues did not revolve around offense. The Kings have scored at least 100 points in 11 of the 12 games it has played since they acquired Gay in a multi-player trade from Toronto last month. Gay, Cousins and Thomas have averaged 65 points per game combined since the deal.
But SACRAMENTO has given up at least 100 in 10 of those 12, and it didn’t come close to slowing down the Bobcats.
NOTES: Bobcats G Kemba Walker played in his 183rd straight game. He and Warriors G Klay Thompson are the only two players from the NBA's 2011 draft who have not missed a contest. … Walker and C Al Jefferson each scored in double digits for the 21st time in the past 22 games for Charlotte. Their 20-game streak, second-longest in Charlotte history, ended Thursday at Portland. … Kings C DeMarcus Cousins entered the game with six 30-point games, but SACRAMENTO was only 2-4 in those games. … Kings G Jimmer Fredette was coming off a 15-point game for SACRAMENTO, his top scoring output since he scored 16 against Cleveland on Jan. 14, 2013. … The Bobcats own an overall winning record against the Kings (10-8 before Saturday) since entering the league in 2004-05, one of only two franchises against which they can claim such a boast. Charlotte also is 12-6 against the Minnesota Timberwolves.