Walker leads Bobcats past Kings 95-87

Posted - Dec. 17, 2013 at 8:48 p.m.



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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Kemba Walker scored 24 points and the Charlotte Bobcats beat the Sacramento Kings 95-87 on Tuesday night, snapping a three-game losing streak.

Gerald Henderson added 20 points and reserve Ramon Sessions scored 16 for the Bobcats, who went 8 for 17 from 3-point range. Walker also had five assists in his 10th game with at least 20 points.

DeMarcus Cousins had 30 points and 17 rebounds for Sacramento, which shot 37.5 percent from the field. The Kings have dropped three of four.

Kings forward Rudy Gay scored four points on 1-of-6 shooting in his worst game since he was acquired in a seven-player trade with Toronto on Dec. 9. He departed with 5:23 left in the third quarter due to right knee stiffness.

Gay had 24 points in his first game with Sacramento, then scored 26 to help the Kings beat Houston 106-91 on Sunday.

The Bobcats jumped on the Kings right from the start. Ben Gordon made a 3-pointer and Sessions had a layup to make it 35-22 after one quarter.

Charlotte carried the 13-point lead into halftime, but the Kings rallied in the third. Cousins and Ben McLemore each made two foul shots down the stretch to help Sacramento close to 78-72 headed to the fourth.

The Bobcats were clinging to a two-point lead when Josh McRoberts had a hook shot, Sessions made a layup and Al Jefferson scored to make it 86-78 Charlotte with 6:36 left.

Jefferson finished with 10 points and nine rebounds as Charlotte snapped a four-game losing streak against Sacramento. It was the Bobcats' first win over the Kings since Feb. 25, 2011.

Isiah Thomas had 21 points on 8-for-23 shooting for the Kings. Cousins was 9 for 13 from the field and 12 for 15 at the line in his sixth double-double in his last seven games.

NOTES: Walker went 4 for 8 from 3-point range. ... Each team had 42 rebounds.

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