The above .500 Charlotte Hornets came into this game facing the Sacramento Kings. A team that can never decide on a coach, a strategy, or even a direction to go in. While the Sacramento Kings have improved since their 1-7 start they couldn't rebound to beat the Charlotte Hornets.
The first quarter for the Kings was mostly marked by the offensive prowess of Demarcus Cousins. The Hornets simply couldn't keep him out of the paint. He asserted himself with putbacks, layups, and even hit a three. Cousins finished the quarter with 14 points. Al Jefferson struggled to guard Cousins, but Spencer Hawes struggled even more. Hawes looked like a high school player out there. Both teams had sloppy starts with lots of turnovers and bad passes. Nobody stood out for the Hornets in the first quarter. Nicolas Batum certainly played well with ten points and five boards.
Cousins racked up three fouls almost halfway into the second, and was replaced by Kosta Koufos who did an admirable job in his absence. The game continued to stay about even. Rudy Gay began to hit shots and played well at the four in short spurts. The Kings are like the Hornets in that they really focused in bringing in and retaining shooters like Marco Belinelli, Ben McLemore, and Darren Collison. On the Hornets side Jeremy Lin had a bit of an off quarter, and an off night in general but Jeremy Lamb picked up the slack. Now this is where the game gets weird.
Entering the third both teams were tied at 60 a piece. Rudy Gay scored nine unanswered point while the Hornets couldn't score for almost three and a half minutes. Gay overall tore it up for the Kings. Charlotte kept throwing the ball away and threw up some sloppy shots. Though the team kept it somewhat close to end the third only down by 17.
Kemba Walker pulled out his best Rudy Gay impression by scoring the Hornets' first five points of the quarter. Jeremy Lin and Frank Kaminsky started hitting jumpers all over the place. Rondo continued to feed Cousins the ball because he seemed to be the only King that could consistently scored. The Hornets got back into the game behind Kemba Walkers Herculean scoring effort in the fourth. Battling back to keep the Kings to only scoring twice in the final five minutes. With the game tied at 112 a piece with less then one second less Rondo found Gay for the tying layup to push the game to overtime.
Charlotte stepped up their defense and Sacramento simply couldn't hit the shots they needed to close the game. Both teams clearly looked gassed at this point. Walker scored three points in the final thirty seconds, and Belinelli missed the game tying three to snag a win for the Hornets.