Kemba Walker scored 16 of his game-high 30 points in the third quarter to help hold off a rally and the Charlotte Bobcats completed a season sweep of the Sacramento Kings with a 113-103 win at Sleep Train Arena Saturday night.
DeMarcus Cousins paced the Kings with 26 points, 11 rebounds and four steals, but the Bobcats—the lowest-rated offensive club in the NBA—shot 54.2 percent from the floor to put Sacramento away.
Charlotte had beaten the Kings at home on Dec. 17, 95-87.
Sacramento never led in the second half, but twice closed the gap to two points, including getting it to 91-89 on a 3-pointer by Derrick Williams with 9:44 left in the game, as the Bobcats took a 10-point halftime lead, 62-52, and were able to maintain a lead throughout the final 24 minutes.
Al Jefferson added 27 points for Charlotte, Gerald Henderson scored 16, Ramon Sessions scored 12 off the bench and Chris Douglas-Roberts tossed in 10. Josh McRoberts led the Bobcats with 11 rebounds and Walker also had six assists.
Isaiah Thomas scored 21 points and had eight assists for the Kings. Rudy Gay posted his first double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 rebounds and Jason Thompson posted season highs with 15 points and 14 rebounds. Marcus Thornton scored 12 off the bench and Quincy Acy blocked two shots.
Charlotte was 45-for-83 (54.2 percent) overall, a sizzling 9-of-15 (60 percent) from 3-point range and 14-for-23 at the foul line.
Sacramento was 42-for-92 (45.7 percent), 6-for-17 (35.3 percent) and 13-for-19 (68.4 percent).
The Kings had a sizeable rebounding advantage, 52-38, but turned the ball over 15 times, leading to 16 Bobcat points. Charlotte turned it over 12 times, contributing to 12 points for Sacramento.
The Kings outscored the Bobcats in the paint 56-50 and on second-chance points 14-8, while the teams each posted 12 fast-break points.
It was Sacramento’s second straight loss at home and third in their last four games overall. The Kings are off until Tuesday night, when they host the Portland Trail Blazers for a 7 p.m. tipoff. Portland won the first two games of the season series during a back-to-back on Nov. 8-9.
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