Hornets 105, Kings 96
NEW ORLEANS - The Kings' losing streak reached six games after the Kings lost to the team with the worst record in the Western Conference.
The Hornets have lost several games this season by blowing leads in the fourth quarter but the Kings would not be able to pull off a comeback, even though they cut the deficit to four points more than once in the fourth quarter.
The Kings could not overcome their poor shooting (43.4 percent) or take advantage of 19 turnovers by the Hornets.
New Orleans shot 55.9 percent for the game.
Jason Smith led the Hornets (16-42) with 22 points. Marco Belinelli added 21 points.
Marcus Thornton led the Kings (19-40) with 25 points. Tyreke Evans had 19 points and eight assists. Jason Thompson had 18 points and Terrence Williams had 16 points off the bench.
Hornets 79, Kings 70
NEW ORLEANS - The Kings haven't played solid defense the last two quarters and their deficit is growing.
The Hornets are shooting 57.4 percent while the Kings are at 41 percent.
The good shooting by the Hornets has allowed them to overcome committing 17 turnovers that have led to 20 points for the Kings.
The Hornets led by as many as 11 points in the third, thanks to Jason Smith (21 points), Marco Belinelli (18 points) and Grevis Vasquez (12 points). Xavier Henry also has 12 points off the bench for the Kings.
Marcus Thornton has 23 points to lead the Kings. Jason Thompson has 14 points and six rebounds. Tyreke Evans has 13 points and five assists.
Hornets 50, Kings 49
NEW ORLEANS - The Kings' shooting was bad in the second quarter and cost them the lead.
Sacramento shot 5-for-16 from the field. And even though they shot 14 free throws in the quarter, the Kings made only nine (64.3 percent).
The Kings missed 5-of-6 from three-point range, too. After matching their season-high for a quarter with 10 assists in the first, the Kings had only two assists in the second quarter.
The Hornets had no problem scoring, making 14-of-21 from the field with 18 points in the paint.
Marcus Thornton has 15 points for the Kings. Jaosn Thompson has 10 points and six rebounds. But the King haven't gotten much from DeMarcus Cousins. He has seven points and a rebound in eight minutes. Cousins has three fouls.
Kings center Hassan Whiteside left the game with 5:091 left in the quarter with a sprained right ankle and will not return.
Jason Smith has 17 points to lead the Hornets.
Kings 29, Hornets 20
NEW ORLEANS - Marcus Thornton is enjoying this return to his home state.
Thornton, who is from Baton Rouge, has 13 points as the Kings have jumped out to a lead over the injury-plagued Hornets.
The Kings are shooting 52 percent and have only two turnovers. DeMarcus Cousins only played five minutes and has two fouls.
Isaiah Thomas also had two fouls in the first.
Jason Smith leads the Hornets with nine points.
New Orleans already has nine turnovers, but has attempted 10 free throws, making eight, and haven't been called for a foul.
The Kings lone free throw came on a technical foul for defensive three seconds.