Bobcats defense shuts down everyone not named Cousins, beat Kings 95 to 87

A typical Sacramento Kings possession tonight - Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

DeMarcus Cousins had a huge game but got no help from his teammates in yet another loss.

Final - 12.17.2013 1 2 3 4 Total
Sacramento Kings 22 21 29 15 87
Charlotte Bobcats 35 21 22 17 95

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DeMarcus Cousins had one of his best games of the season, scoring 30 points on just 13 shots to go with 17 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals, but he got little help from anyone else as the Bobcats beat the Kings 95 to 87.  Kemba Walker and Gerald Henderson led the way for Charlotte with 24 and 20 points respectively.

The Kings allowed Charlotte to get out to an early 18 point lead thanks to some extremely porous defense before chipping away at the lead, getting it down to 2 or 3 at times.  Every time that happened however the Bobcats were able to respond and push the lead back.  Charlotte's defense had no answer for DeMarcus Cousins, but almost everyone else on the Kings roster was held to subpar shooting performances.  Isaiah Thomas did have 21 points, but shot just 8-23 from the field.  Jason Thompson was 4-6 from the field for 9 points, but aside from that, no other King hit more than 2 field goals.

Rudy Gay played just 24 minutes and scored only 4 points on 1-6 shooting.  He left the game in the second half because of right knee stiffness and it's unknown whether he'll be available to play tomorrow in Atlanta.

The Kings as a team shot just 37.5% from the field while Charlotte was at 44.9%.  Sacramento's Rudy Gay, Travis Outlaw, Ben McLemore and Jimmer Fredette combined for just 5-30 shooting from the field.  The Bobcats did a great job shutting down the perimeter game for Sacramento, although the Kings didn't do themselves any favors by continuously passing up open shots in favor of tougher ones.

Sacramento also showed poor offensive awareness in the 4th quarter by not getting the ball into Cousins' hands.  Cousins was Sacramento's only consistent offensive weapon, going 9-13 from the field, but he didn't even take a Field Goal attempt in the final quarter as Sacramento settled for outside shots.  Cousins still managed to almost score more points than any other King (he tied at 4 with Thompson) in the quarter simply because he was fouled and sent to the line.

The Kings have 3 games in 4 nights remaining on this road trip, with the next stop tomorrow in Atlanta.

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