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February 25, 2011
In-game blog (Kings at Bobcats)

FINAL Bobcats 110, Kings 98

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Kings couldn't stay in front of Stephen Jackson (30 points), Gerald Henderson (23 points) or D.J. Augustin (21 points) in losing tonight at Time Warner Cable Arena.

*The Kings also committed 26 fouls and had 18 turnovers that led to 25 points for the Bobcats.

*Neither Paul Westphal or DeMarcus Cousins had much to say on why Cousins was benched 25 seconds into the third quarter.

Westphal didn't want to discuss it but said it was the right thing to do and Cousins said he didn't know why he was benched.

Add that to the list of odd Westphal/Cousins moments this season.

*The Kings had four players with doube-doubles: Jason Thompson (10 points, 13 rebounds), Cousins (13 points, 10 rebounds), Beno Udrih (11 points, 13 assists) and Samuel Dalembert (18 points, 10 rebounds).

The last time that happened for the Kings was Feb. 27, 2003:
Kings 126, Mavericks 124 OT (at Dallas) - Peja Stojakovic 36 points, 10 rebounds; Chris Webber 16 points, 10 rebounds; Keon Clark 12 points, 11 rebounds; Doug Christie 10 points, 10 rebounds.

Last time Kings had four players with double-doubles in a loss was March 16, 1999:
Spurs 121, Kings 109 (at Sacramento): Vlade Divac 18 points, 10 rebounds; Chris Webber 15 points, 14 rebounds; Lawrence Funderburke 15 points, 10 rebounds, Jason Williams 11 points, 10 assists

THIRD QUARTERBobcats 78, Kings 73

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The third quarter started off with a quick substitution. DeMarcus Cousins was benched after 25 seconds. He'd committed his sixth turnover on the opening possession of the quarter. And even though Jason Thompson had just picked up his third foul coach Paul Westphal sat Cousins. So Cousins is stuck on 11 points and nine rebounds.

*The Kings cut the deficit to one after trailing by 10 early in the third. But they couldn't maintain the momentum long enough to take the lead.

*The combination of Stephen Jackson (22 points) and D.J. Augustin (23 points) have been too much for the Kings to deal with. Omri Casspi has been assigned to defend Jackson most of the night and has five fouls.

*Samuel Dalembert has 14 points off the bench to lead the Kings. Thompson has 10 points and 12 rebounds. Beno Udrih has nine points and 11 assists.

HALFTIMEBobcats 52, Kings 44

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Not much good to say about the Kings in the second quarter unless I go with the sarcastic "it could be worse."

*The Kings made six of 22 shots and committed six turnovers in the second quarter. Even though DeMarcus Cousins has some good stats (11 points, nine rebounds) he also has a game-high five turnovers. The Bobcats have four turnovers.

*The Kings would probably be happy with Kwame Brown taking as many shots as Stephen Jackson (10), especially when Brown makes only three. But the Kings have fouled Brown and he's taken a game-high eight free throws. But Brown has made only two. The Kings have been foul prone with 17 in the first half. The Bobcats have been called for six fouls.

*Jackson leads all scorers with 15 points. D.J. Augustin has 10 points while Brown has added eight points and seven rebounds.

FIRST QUARTERKings 30, Bobcats 28

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - DeMarcus Cousins looks a lot more like himself tonight. After two shaky games after the All-Star Breaks, Cousins has 11 points and five rebounds. Cousins played the entire first quarter and didn't pick up a foul.

*The Kings are shooting 57.9 percent but the Bobcats aren't doing badly at 52.2 percent.

*Following up the good ball movement in their win at Orlando (30 assists) the Kings already have eight. Beno Udrih has four assists. The Kings led the entire quarter with the biggest advantage being eight points.

*The Bobcats already have two technical fouls. Stephen Jackson and Kwame Brown each picked one up in the first quarter.

--Jason Jones

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