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The Kings returned home after a long five game road trip and won in impressive fashion, beating the Bobcats for their largest margin of victory this season. John Salmons scored 19 points in the 3rd quarter and Sacramento led by as many as 43.
When you've been as bad as the Sacramento Kings have for the last few seasons, there is a hesitation to call any game as one that the Kings should win. Still, this game against the Bobcats, current holders of the league's worst record, was one of those. Sacramento didn't disappoint, blowing out Charlotte for their largest margin of victory on the season.
It didn't always look like it was going to be an easy win though as the Kings got off to a slow start. Charlotte ended up taking an early lead before Sacramento rallied back to tie it at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter didn't see much of a gap open up for the Kings either, as both teams' benches failed to get into their offense. The Kings got some great momentum towards the end of the half though, scoring the last 9 points and building up a double-digit lead for the first time after a thunderous DeMarcus Cousins putback jam. The half was capped off with a high-arcing three pointer from Tyreke Evans that hit nothing but net to put Sacramento up 14.
The third quarter was where the game really got out of hand. John Salmons, who up until that point had been relatively quiet, went absolutely bonkers from long range. Salmons hit four threes in the quarter, including one on a four-point play. He finished with 19 points in the quarter, the same amount the Bobcats did. The Kings built up a lead as large as 43 points before garbage time truly began and both teams emptied their benches for the fourth quarter.
Marcus Thornton continued his hot streak of shooting, scoring 18 points on 7-11 shooting from the bench. Jason Thompson had a nice double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds, as nobody on Charlotte could stop Sacramento's big men from going inside at will. The Kings almost doubled up on the Bobcats on the glass, 60 to 31. Chuck Hayes had 12 off the bench and DeMarcus Cousins had 9.
Only four Bobcats scored in double-digits, none with more than 12 points. Rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 10 points with 6 rebounds in 28 minutes.
Cole Aldrich made his first appearance as a Sacramento King in garbage time. He scored 2 points, had 3 rebounds and a very nice block in his 7:25 seconds.
The Kings will face a much tougher test on Tuesday when the Nuggets come into town, a team that has routinely treated Sacramento the same way the Kings treated Charlotte tonight.
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