Kemba Walker scored 12 of his 24 points in the third quarter and the Charlotte Bobcats (11-14) ended a three-game losing streak in a 95-87 win over the Sacramento Kings (7-16).
After a rough start to the season, Walker is finding his rhythm in the month of December. He entered Tuesday’s game averaging 19.9 points and shooting 46 percent from the field this month. Walker went 4 of 8 from 3-point range, including two in the third quarter.
Charlotte led by as much as 18 points and ended the first half with a 13 point lead. Sacramento went on a 7-2 run to start the third quarter before Walker caught fire from the field. Walker scored ten straight points for Charlotte to keep the team’s lead.
Sacramento was able to trim their deficit to two in the fourth quarter, but Charlotte went on an 11-1 run to inevitably hold Sacramento off.
DeMarcus Cousins finished with a game-high 30 points, 17 rebounds and six assists. He picked up his sixth double double in seven games.
Cousins was the topic of trade rumors last season, with the Bobcats being one of the teams linked to him. Cousins has since signed a five-year, maximum contract extension with the Kings. He’s having his best season as a King, with 22 points, 10.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists.
Isaiah Thomas chipped in 23 points. Thomas, a third year guard from Washington, is averaging 21.9 points and seven assists this month and shooting just under 50 percent from the field.
Sacramento’s big trade acquisition, Rudy Gay, was held to four points on six attempts. Gay scored a combined 50 points in his first two games since coming over from the Toronto Raptors.
Sacramento entered the game averaging over 106 points in their last six games, but for the 10th time this season Charlotte held their opponent under 90 points.
Gerald Henderson scored 20 points and Ramon Sessions had 16 off the bench. Al Jefferson continued his struggles in December, finishing with 10 points on 5 of 13 shooting. Jefferson was averaging 15 points on 41 percent shooting this month.