New Orleans 98, Sacramento 99

Boxscore | Recap
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 10:00 PM
Location - Power Balance Pavilion, Sacramento, California
Officials - #28 Tommy Nunez Jr., #12 Violet Palmer, #57 Greg Willard
Attendance - 13487

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
New Orleans 27 27 26 18 98
Sacramento 29 29 20 21 99

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
New Orleans 9-30 4-16 5-14 L3
Sacramento 13-26 9-6 4-20 W1

Recap

KINGS 99, HORNETS 98: John Salmons scored the winning basket with 6.8 seconds left to help host Sacramento end a four-game losing skid.

New Orleans was nursing a one-point lead when Kings rookie Isaiah Thomas stole the inbounds pass and fed the streaking Salmons for the decisive layup.

Hornets forward Trevor Ariza had a 15-foot turnaround jumper at the buzzer bounce off the front of the rim as New Orleans lost its third straight game and fell to 9-30.

Marcus Thornton tallied 25 points for the Kings, who were without ill center DeMarcus Cousins. Tyreke Evans scored 13 points with Salmons, Thomas and Jason Thompson scoring 12 points apiece.

Jarrett Jack scored 25 points, Ariza added 20 and Chris Kaman had 18 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists for the Hornets.

Ariza hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:12 remaining, just 17 seconds after Thornton tied the score at 95-95 on a 3. Thornton’s next basket pulled Sacramento within one with 43.2 seconds left before Thomas made the key defensive play to help the Kings notch a dramatic victory.

Sacramento closed the first half with a 9-2 run to take a 58-54 halftime lead. New Orleans shot 57.1 percent in the opening 24 minutes.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Jack’s 20-point outing was his eighth of the season but first since Jan. 25. … Thornton is averaging 21.5 points in four games against New Orleans since being traded to Sacramento. … Kaman’s eight assists are a career-high. … The Kings had 13 steals, four by Thornton.

Top Game Performances

New Orleans   Sacramento
Jarrett Jack 25 Scoring Marcus Thornton 25
Chris Kaman 8 Assists Jimmer Fredette 5
Chris Kaman 11 Rebounds Jason Thompson 8
Chris Kaman 4 Free Throws Made Jason Thompson 6
Trevor Ariza 4 Steals Marcus Thornton 4
Chris Kaman 2 Blocks Marcus Thornton 1

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
New Orleans 98 54.5 3-9 11-12 23 41 2 8 23
Sacramento 99 50.0 8-23 15-23 20 29 2 13 14

Upcoming Games

  • Sacramento will play their next game at home against Dallas. The Kings have a W/L % of .385 after a win and .308 after a loss.
  • New Orleans will play their next game on the road against Denver . The Hornets have a W/L % of .400 after a win and .172 after a loss.
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