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Kings 97, Bobcats 93

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Isaiah Thomas hit three free throws in the final 18.4 seconds and the Sacramento Kings held on to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 97-93 on Saturday night at Time Warner Cable Arena.

The Kings held small leads throughout the fourth quarter and took the lead for good on Tyreke Evans' fastbreak layup with 1:19 remaining. The Bobcats scored on only one of their last four possessions from there.

Marcus Thornton came off the bench to lead the Kings with 18 points. DeMarcus Cousins had 17 points and 10 rebounds. Evans scored 16, Thomas scored 15, and Jason Thompson scored 11.

The Kings (16-25) won for the third time in their last four games.

Ramon Sessions led the Bobcats with 16 points. Gerald Henderson, who started despite suffering a back injury on Friday night in Orlando, finished with 15 points.

The Bobcats (10-30) lost their 14th straight home game.

The Kings led by as many as 10 in the first half before settling for a 51-46 halftime lead.

Sacramento then led 78-76 going into the fourth quarter.

NOTES: Sacramento was playing the second game of a three-game Eastern road trip. The Kings lost at Memphis 85-69 on Friday to open the trip. ... The Kings will continue on for a game at New Orleans on Monday. ... This is a stretch where the Kings play nine of 11 games on the road. Still awaiting is a six-game road trip that starts on Jan. 26 in Denver. ... Cousins scored 29 points the last time the teams met, a 114-88 Sacramento win last April. ... Fredette came into the game as the NBA co-leader in free throw percentage, along with Oklahoma City's Kevin Martin, at .914. ... Thomas Robinson, whom the Bobcats strongly considered taking with the second pick of last summer's draft before selecting Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, has averaged 4.6 points and 4.4 rebounds off the bench for the Kings. ... The Bobcats were coming off a 106-100 win at Orlando on Friday night, when Walker had 25 points and eight rebounds. That snapped a five-game losing streak. ... The Bobcats' last win at Time Warner Cable Arena was Nov. 21 over Toronto. ... Byron Mullens missed his 13th straight game for the Bobcats with a sprained left ankle, but he is back shooting and is starting to progress. ... Saturday night's game kicked off a four-game homestand for the Bobcats. They'll play Houston at home on Monday afternoon, then Atlanta and Minnesota next week.
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