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April 22, 2012
In-game blog: Kings at Bobcats

Kings 114, Bobcats 88

CHARLOTTE - The Kings made sure they would not be the team the Charlotte Bobcats ended their losing streak against by dominating the game from the start.

The Kings (21-43) never trailed Sunday night, jumping on the home team early and never being challenged most of the game.

It was the Kings' largest margin of victory this season and the first time the Kings have led a game from start to finish.

The Kings had lost four consecutive games on the road six in a row to the Bobcats.

The Bobcats (7-56) have now lost 20 in a row.

DeMarcus Cousins finished with a game-high 29 points. He also had 10 rebounds. Tyreke Evans was 10-for-11 shooting for 22 points.

Jason Thompson added 14 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high seven assists. Thompson also had a career-high five steals.

Derrick Brown, Byron Mullens and Kemba Walker each had 13 points for Charlotte. Walker also matched his career high with 11 assists.

Kings 87, Bobcats 67

CHARLOTTE - The Kings are cruising tonight.
Tyreke Evans is 9-of-10 from the field for 19 points. DeMarcus Cousins also has 19 points. The Kings are getting plenty of good looks, too, with 56 points coming in the paint.

The Kings are shooting 55.4 percent and have made 12-of-13 free throws.

The Bobcats are shooting 43.3 percent and have 16 turnovers that the Kings have turned into 22 points. The Kings have only five turnovers.

Derrick Brown, Byron Mullens and Kemba Walker each have 13 points for Charlotte.

Kings 59, Bobcats 44

CHARLOTTE - The Kings have been able to use this game to get everyone except Tyler Honycutt at least nine minutes of playing time. The Bobcats can't keep up with the Kings starters or reserves.

Eight Kings have at least six points, led by DeMarcus Cousins with nine points. Cousins also has four rebounds.

The Kings are shooting 55.3 percent.

Cousins also picked up a technical foul, his 13th this season which means an automatic one-game suspension unless it is rescinded by the NBA.

Cousins was called for the tech along with Bismack Biyombo after they gad a brief exchange. There was more flinching at each other than any actual threat of a real problem.

Byron Mullens has 11 points and six rebounds to lead the Bobcats.

Kings 31, Bobcats 19

CHARLOTTE - The Kings have looked like they have a lot fewer issues than the league-worst Bobcats to start this game.

The Kings are shooting 58.3 percent and led by as many as 16 points to open the game. Sacramento has just one turnover.

Travis Outlaw started for the Kings as Marcus Thornton (left quad contusion) is still out. Outlaw had what might have been his best quarter this season with eight points and two rebounds.

All five Kings starters have at least five points. The only King not shooting well is DeMarcus Cousins, who has missed five of his seven shots.

The Bobcats are shooting 37.5 percent. Charlotte also has five turnovers.

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