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Hornets finally show signs of life; dispatch Kings 99-85

Frank Kaminsky’s hot streak continued in a much needed win.

NBA: Charlotte Hornets at Sacramento Kings Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

The Charlotte Hornets finally — mercifully — returned to the win column on Sunday night with a much needed 99-85 win over the Sacramento Kings.

Frank Kaminsky had 23 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals on the night, continuing the hot streak he’s been on since scoring a career high of 27 points against the Toronto Raptors in the last game before the All-Star break.

Marvin Williams added 16 points, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was +17 on the night, putting in a 6 point, 12 rebound game that showcased his trademark energy and toughness.

The teams traded big runs early, as the Hornets jumped out to a 12-0 lead to start the first before the Kings came storming back with a 15-0 run. Late in the first Charlotte regained the lead and never trailed again.

Ben McLemore led the Kings with 18 points, while recent acquisition Buddy Hield chipped in 15.

For the Hornets, this win was the equivalent of getting a ‘thumbs up’ from a guy getting carted off the field on a stretcher. Charlotte has been arguably the worst team in the league since the start of 2017; and while they looked cohesive and competent tonight, a loss to the recently gutted Kings would’ve been the absolute rock bottom for the franchise this year.

Exactly a week ago today, the Kings sent shockwaves through the NBA community when they traded away their frequently-problematic franchise cornerstone DeMarcus Cousins. The move didn't return a lot of immediately impactful talent, and as such the Kings as presently constructed are not expected to pull off many wins.

The Hornets will get a much tougher test tomorrow, when they take on the Los Angeles Clippers.