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February 6, 2012
In-game blog: Kings at Hornets

Kings 100, Hornets 92

NEW ORLEANS - Sparked by strong second-half play from DeMarcus Cousins and Isaiah Thomas, the Kings overcame an 18-point deficit to win 100-92.

It was the Kings (9-15) third win a row, their longest winning streak of the season.

Cousins finished with 28 points and 19 rebounds. He had 18 points and 14 rebounds in the second half.

Thomas finished with 17 points and six assists. Thomas scored 14 points and has five assists after halftime.

Greivis Vasquez led the Hornets (4-21) with 20 points and nine assists.

The Kings outscored the Hornets 31-14 in the fourth quarter.

Hornets 78, Kings 69

NEW ORLEANS - The Kings pulled within five before at one point but the Hornets closed the third quarter strong to help overcome an impressive quarter by DeMarcus Cousins.

Cousins had 12 points and six rebounds in the third and has 22 points and 11 rebounds for the game.

John Salmons also scored eight of his 10 points in the third.

Marco Belinelli leads the Hornets with 18 points. Greivis Vasquez has 16 points and eight assists.

Hornets 52, Kings 30

NEW ORLEANS - The Kings still haven't figured out how to slow down the short-handed Hornets.

The Kings pulled within five at 32-27 and the Hornets responded with a 10-0 run and led by as many as 18 points in the second quarter.

The Kings are shooting 32.5 percent (13-of-40) and have been outrebounded 30-19.

Center Emeka Okafor has 11 points and six rebounds for the Hornets. When he wasn't in, Chris Kaman came off the bench to score eight points and grab six rebounds. Xavier Henry also has eight points off the bench.

DeMarcus Cousins leads the Kings with 10 points and five rebounds, but has missed seven of his 11 shots. Tyreke Evans has nine points and three assists. Marcus Thornton has eight points.

Cousins, Thornton and Evans have combined to shoot 8-of-25.

Hornets 29, Kings 20

NEW ORLEANS - Kings coach Keith Smart feared this scenario.

Injuries have depleted the Hornets roster and they only have 10 players available.

Playing an unfamiliar group, the Kings trailed by as many as 14 points against the Hornets, who are 4-20 this season.

Emeka Okalfor (11 points, five rebounds) and Marco Belinelli (10 points) outscored the Kings by themselves.

Tyreke Evans has nine points for the Kings, who shot 38.9 percent in the quarter and surrendered eight points off three turnovers.

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