Kemba Walker scored 30 points and added 6 assists, while Al Jefferson added 27 points and 9 rebounds to lead the Charlotte Bobcats to a victory over the Sacramento Kings, 113-103. The Bobcats took quality shots in this one, going 45-83 (54.2%) from the field, including 9-15 (60.0%) from three-point range. Charlotte (15-20) entered the game on a five losing streak.
Walker finished 12-19 from the field (4-6 on 3-point attempts) in a quality offensive outing. DeMarcus Cousins had another big game for Sacramento despite the loss, putting up 26 points on 8-23 shooting from the field and 10-14 from the free throw line. He also added 11 rebounds. Isaiah Thomas contributed 21 points and 8 assists, Rudy Gay finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Jason Thompson put up 15 points and 14 rebounds.
The Bobcats combined an eFG% of 59.6% with 60.0% 3-point shooting. They are 1-0 this year when registering marks above 55% and 40% in those respective statistics. The Kings, on the other hand, are winless (0-9) when allowing opponents to hit those marks.
This drops Sacramento (10-22) to 0-2 versus Charlotte on the season.
Coming up, the Bobcats battle the Washington Wizards, who are 14-16 on the season. The Kings match up against the Portland Trail Blazers, currently sitting at 26-8 this year. The Kings have lost their last two meetings with Portland.