Isaiah Thomas scored 14 points and added seven assists with no turnovers to lead the Sacramento Kings to their fourth road win of the season, beating the Charlotte Bobcats 97-93 on Saturday. The Kings have actually gone 3-3 in their last two road trips, with this slate ending Monday in New Orleans. Over the last 17 games, the Kings are 9-8.
This game was imminently loseable. The Bobcats had chances to ice the game, but timely plays by The Pizza Guy kept Sacramento in striking distance and eventually over the hump. Tyreke Evans also had some critical points down the stretch, with a beautiful post bucket from a feed from DeMarcus Cousins floating out above the three-point line, and on a fast break with a dope pass from I.T.
Cousins had another double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds plus four assists and five turnovers. Evans finished with 16 points in 26 minutes. Marcus Thornton shot well (6-11) on his way to a team-high 18. Those four guys are the Kings' most talented players, and they delivered the win (over a totally awful team that hasn't won at home since November 21, good Lord).
The Bobcats drew a heckuva lot more free throws than the Kings (38-21), but Charlotte shot poorly from the line. That 27 FTA advantage ended up as just an eight FTM advantage. The Kings were able to overcome it with better shooting from the floor.
As noted above, the Kings play in New Orleans on Monday. It's an early game (10 a.m. Pacific).