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January 19, 2013
In-game blog: Kings at Bobcats

FINAL
Kings 97, Bobcats 93

CHARLOTTE - The Kings had five players score in double figures, led by Marcus Thornton with 18 off the bench to give the Kings (16-25) their fourth road win of the season.

Isaiah Thomas made 3-of-4 free throws in the final 18.4 seconds to seal the game.

DeMarcus Cousins added 17 points and 10 rebounds. Thomas had 15 points and seven assists while Tyreke Evans had 16 points.

Kemba Walker had 14 points and 10 assists but shot an airball on a three pointer with 2.9 seconds to play and the Bobcats (10-30) down 96-93.

THIRD QUARTER
Kings 78, Bobcats 76

CHARLOTTE - Kemba Walker had 10 points and three assists in the third quarter keep the Bobcats in the game.

Walker now has 14 points and eight assists and the Kings will have to execute on both ends of the court to win.

*The Kings are shooting 49.2 percent and have four players that have scored in double figures. DeMarcus Cousins has 15 points and eight rebounds. Marcus Thornton also has 15 points.

*The Kings need to be more aggressive. They had 13 free throws in the first half but attempted only two in the third quarter.

HALFTIME
Kings 51, Bobcats 46

CHARLOTTE - Kings coach Keith Smart stuck with some of his backups in the second quarter and it eventually paid off.

The second unit has been shaky of late, but Marcus Thornton managed to find his game during the second quarter with 10 of his 12 points. Thornton has both made three pointers for the Kings.

James Johnson came off the bench to add nine points and four rebounds.

*The scoring has been balanced in the manner the Kings would like. Nine different Kings have scored. Sacramento had 11 assists in the first half.

*Ben Gordon has 11 points off the bench for Charlotte.

*The Kings still haven't allowed a point off a turnover. Sacramento has six turnovers.

*Smart used 11 players in the first half. Jimmer Fredette and Travis Outlaw were the Only Kings that didn't play.

*Thomas Robinson was hit in the mouth at the end of the first quarter. After having X-rays and stitches, he will return to the game.

FIRST QUARTER
Kings 25, Bobcats 20

CHARLOTTE - The Kings are already five points away from matching last night's output in the first half. It helps that the opponent is Charlotte and not the Memphis Grizzlies.

Isaiah Thomas had eight points, two rebounds and two assists for the Kings. DeMarcus Cousins had four points and four rebounds.

All five starters scored for the Kings.

*The Kings had only three turnovers. The Bobcats didn't score off any of them.

*Hakim Warrick had 4 points and three rebounds for the Bobcats. Kemba Walker had two points and three assists, but made only one of his five shots.



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