The Sacramento Kings beat the New Orleans Hornets 121-110 to end their four game losing streak as they prepare for their final road trip of the season. The Hornets didn’t put up much of a fight until late in the fourth quarter with the game out of their reach.
The Hornets outscored the Kings in the fourth quarter but were unable to keep up with the Kings who seemed as though they were possessed for most of the game.
The Kings came out early and found each other, and helped create open looks for their teammates. The Kings set the tone early and led 65-48 at halftime. the Kings pushed their lead to 22 by the end of the third quarter leading 95-72 at the end of the third.
The Kings pushed the lead to 29 early in the fourth, but ended up taking several starters out before New Orleans made one final offensive push. The Kings continued to play team basketball, and despite allowing the Hornets to cut the lead in half, they held on and beat the Hornets 121-110.
Sacramento had 26 assists and only 12 turnovers, as it controlled the tempo ofthe game by spacing the floor and passing the ball. The Kings showed poise and never allowed the Hornets to catch their breathe as the attacked the basket regularly throughout the game.
Jason Thompson and John Salmons both had big games respectively combining for 42 points on a very efficient 15 of 22 shooting. Thompson filled the stats sheet adding 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 blocks, and a steal.
Marcus Thornton had a big gameoff the bench scoring 20 points on 8 of 13 from the field. Thornton was 4 of 8 from three point range, and added 5 rebounds.
Toney Douglas had a quiet but very effective game. While only scoring 4 points on 2 of 5 shooting, he lead the team with 6 assists and 3 steals, while also grabbing 5 rebounds.
The Kings managed to slow down Grievis Vasquez and forced the Hornets to find other ways to score. The Hornets couldn’t figure it out until the game was well out of hand.