Charlotte Hornets get revenge win over the Sacramento Kings at home, 114-95

Charlotte Hornets Kemba Walker. (Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)
Charlotte Hornets Kemba Walker. (Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images) /

The bench’s sixty points helped the Charlotte Hornets get the win over the Sacramento Kings.

The Charlotte Hornets (21-23) were able to defeat the Sacramento Kings (23-22) at home in revenge fashion on Thursday night. Despite the Hornets’ starters not being spectacular throughout the game, the bench was able to pick up the slack by scoring sixty points. After their halftime lead, it was all Hornets for the rest of the game.

Kemba Walker was the only player for the Hornets to score over twenty points in the game. The Hornets finished the game with a total of seven players in double-digit scoring. Miles Bridges and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist finished the game with fifteen points, making them the two highest scorers off the bench for Charlotte.

Game story

The Charlotte Hornets started the game slowly, trailing the Kings 25-20 at the end of the first quarter. The Hornets would then go on to outscore the kings, 43-25 in the second quarter; a quarter in which Kemba Walker surpassed over 11,000 career points scored. The third quarter would be a stalemate between both teams; Charlotte would then ultimately pull away in the fourth quarter to get the victory.

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Player of the Game

Before the game on Thursday night, Coach Borrego told Eric Collins, “We are excited to be back in our building.” Coming off of a depressing road trip, this was a game that the Hornets needed to win. This win came easily because of the twenty-three point night from Walker and the dominant scoring from Charlotte’s bench.

The player of the game, or should I say, players; would have to be the Hornets’ bench. The Hornets bench scored sixty points in the game, completing dominating the Kings’ bench scoring. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist finished the game with a +/- of +26, so you could tell that the bench had a huge impact on the game.

The bench and Kemba Walker, deserve all of the glory for this game since they were a huge part of the forty-three points scored in the second quarter. It’s victories like these that show how much potential the Hornets have.

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"Quick Stings"

  • Kemba Walker surpassed 11,000+ career points.
  • Willy Hernangomez picked up his second double-double of the season.
  • The Hornets get their first two-game winning streak since December.
  • The Hornets outscored the Kings, 52-38, in points in the paint.
  • Charlotte’s bench outscored Sacramento’s 60-44.

With this victory, the Hornets are finally back to two games under the .500 mark. The Hornets have also finally won two consecutive games in the new year; their last two-game winning streak came in December of 2018.

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In the team’s next game, they will take on the Pheonix Suns on Saturday night, the Hornets’ Classic Night for Glen Rice. The Hornets will be facing the Suns for the final time this season. The first matchup between the two teams came on January 6th, and the game ended with a victory by the Hornets.