Bobcats 95, Kings 87

The Sports Xchange
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Guard Kemba Walker sank four 3-pointers and scored 24 points, and the Charlotte Bobcats snapped a three-game losing streak with a 95-87 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night.
The Bobcats led by 18 in the first half but needed an 11-1 run midway through the fourth quarter to pull away for good after Sacramento got as close as two.
Walker went 4-for-8 from 3-point range on a night when the Bobcats were 8-for-17 collectively from beyond the arc.
The Bobcats also got 20 points from guard Gerald Henderson, 16 points from guard Ramon Sessions, and 10 points and nine rebounds from center Al Jefferson.
Center DeMarcus Cousins had a monster game for the Kings with 30 points, 17 rebounds and six assists, and guard Isaiah Thomas scored 21. Newly acquired Sacramento forward Rudy Gay left the game in the third quarter with stiffness in his left knee. He finished with four points in 24 minutes.
Henderson scored 12 of his points in the first quarter as the Bobcats (11-14) shot 60.9 percent from the field in the period and raced to a 35-22 lead. The lead grew to 42-24 three minutes into the second quarter, but Sacramento was able to cut the margin to 56-43 at halftime.
The Kings (7-16) then scored the first seven points of the second half and eventually got as close as 58-55. Charlotte then regained momentum and led 78-72 after three quarters.
Sacramento climbed within 80-78, but the Bobcats pulled away, pushing the lead to 91-79. The Kings never got closer than six after that.
NOTES: Kings F Rudy Gay was playing his third game since being acquired from Toronto. He scored 24 and 26 in his first two games. ... The Kings were opening a four-game Eastern trip that will also include games against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday, the Miami Heat on Friday and the Orlando Magic on Saturday. ... The Kings have played the fewest road games of any team in the NBA. They are 2-6 on the road. ... The Bobcats were without F Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (fractured left hand) and C Brendan Haywood (stress fracture, left foot). Coach Steve Clifford said that Kidd-Gilchrist would continue to wear a cast until Dec. 27, then will be evaluated again. All signs are that he will be ready soon thereafter. ... The Kings were without F Carl Landry (torn left hip flexor). ... The Bobcats closed out a three-game homestand. They will play the Raptors in Toronto on Wednesday.

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