Kings Take the W in the Queen City -

Kings Take the W in the Queen City

Sacramento Kings 97 Final
Recap | Box Score
93 Charlotte Bobcats
Hakim Warrick, PF 30 MIN | 3-7 FG | 6-8 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 12 PTS | -8

Overall, Warrick missed all three of his shots in the paint but managed to connect on 3-4 from mid-range. However, he committed a bad turnover in the final two minutes that led to a Tyreke Evans layup at the other end. It marked his third turnover of the night and gave the lead back to the Kings for good.

Bismack Biyombo, PF 19 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -13

Another forgetful performance from Bis. He couldn’t get anything going on either end of the court and it resulted in him sitting the final 8 minutes on the bench.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 18 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-4 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -2

Had a nice aggressive drive in the first quarter that resulted in a dunk. I really thought the emphatic early basket would get MKG going but it never materialized. Like Bis, he did not find himself on the floor in the waning moments. However, his night ended even more prematurely, as he sat the last 17 minutes and change.

Kemba Walker, PG 38 MIN | 6-17 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 10 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | -8

Kemba played with a lot of energy tonight – and it shows in the box score (particularly with the four steals). His inability to hit the three diminished his shooting efficiency but he more than made up for with his 10 assists (versus 1 TO). You have to love his competitiveness. After missing the attempt at a game-tying three, the anguish on his face was inimitable.

Gerald Henderson, SG 35 MIN | 7-15 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 15 PTS | -1

A solid game from Henderson. Made good on half of his patented mid-range looks, while also giving good effort on the defensive end. Turned the ball over four times though, the majority of which came as a result of a sloppy pass.

Jeff Adrien, SF 20 MIN | 2-3 FG | 5-7 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | +3

Adrien didn’t have his usual contribution on the boards, but compensated with aggressive play around the basket that netted him 7 trips to the line (while converting on 5). Finished a nice drive to the basket that resulted in an and one.

Brendan Haywood, C 27 MIN | 3-5 FG | 3-5 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 5 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | +8

Haywood really gave the Cats a solid game tonight, particularly on the defensive end with his five blocked shots. It’s no surprise he also found greater success on the offensive end by keeping his shot attempts within 5 feet of the basket.

Ramon Sessions, PG 29 MIN | 5-10 FG | 5-7 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 16 PTS | -1

A very good all-around game from Sessions. Scored efficiently while chipping in five boards and a four dimes as well. Hit a big three in the final six minutes that cut the Kings lead to 1.

Ben Gordon, SG 17 MIN | 4-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | +4

Gordon made 3-4 from downtown in the span of 4 minutes at the end of the 1Q and the beginning of the 2Q. Then he was done (a few lazy defensive plays sprinkled in of course).

Four Things We Saw

  1. Trouble at the line. The Bobcats managed to shoot a lowly 68% from the line (26-38). Converting on a few more would have made a difference.
  2. Dunlap favors the vets. It appears this is becoming a trend. The losing may be getting to the first-year head coach, as the likes of Kidd-Gilchrist, Biyombo, and Taylor only saw a combined 44 minutes of play.
  3. Thornton out Gordon’d Gordon. Much like Ben Gordon, Marcus Thornton is an off the bench scorer who can put up points in quick fashion, most often via the three ball (all while playing limited defense – again, much like Gordon). He was the difference tonight, scoring 18 points in 26 minutes as he converted on 4-7 from downtown.
  4. Will fans see more of DeMarcus Cousins in the future at TWC Arena? What did everyone think about his game? Anyone change their tune on trading for the big man?
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