Jan 19, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA Sacramento Kings power forward Chuck Hayes (42) goes up for a shot against the Charlotte Bobcats during the first half at Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Kings Withstand Bobcats on the Road

The Sacramento Kings beat the Charlotte Bobcats Saturday Night 97-93. The Kings let the Bobcats make it close in the late in the game, as they withstood several fourth quarter runs from Charlotte.

The Kings had four of five starters score in double digits, and five players total. DeMarcus Cousins had his 18th double double with 17 points and 10 rebounds, adding 4 assists and a steal.

Tyreke Evans was crucial in the final four minutes, scoring six of the teams final nine points. Evans had 16 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists. Isaiah Thomas had a great game as he found his teammates early and often. Thomas made 1-2 free throws in the final seconds to seal the Kings victory. Thomas had 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 7 assists.

Marcus Thornton was a major factor all night for Sacramento as he came off the bench to score 18 points. Thornton looked to be back in to his old self, as he was knocking down jump shots, and driving to the basket. Thornton’s teammates found him several times driving to the basket without the ball.

The Kings remembered tonight that a key to winning games is passing the ball, and finding open teammates for easy baskets. Sacramento had only 9 assists last night in Memphis, but turned things around with 24 assists tonight in Charlotte. The Kings had only 12 turnovers.

Sacramento outscored the Bobcats 50-32 on points in the paint. Sacramento barely out-rebounded Charlotte 39-38, and were crushed in fast break points 10-21.

The Kings will travel to New Orleans to play the Hornets Monday night for the final game of their three game road trip. They will look to finish the trip 2-1 before heading home to play the Phoenix Suns Wednesday.

Tags: Charlotte Bobcats DeMarcus Cousins Isaiah Thomas Marcus Thornton Sacramento Kings Tyreke Evans

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