The Bobcats led 99-96 after Demarcus Cousins hit a two-pointer to cut into Charlotte’s lead with 6:09 to go. It would be all Bobcats over the final five and a half minutes with Jefferson scoring 10 of the team’s final 14 points.
It is both how you start and finish games. Charlotte jumped out to a 65-52 halftime lead, but let the Kings back into the game in the third quarter. The fourth quarter was more of the same until the Bobcats decided to put the game out of reach over the final five minutes.
Bobcats top performers: Kemba Walker scored 30 points along with four rebounds and six assists. Al Jefferson finished with 27 points, nine rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Gerald Henderson netted 16 points, three rebounds, and three assists. Ramon Sessions scored 12 points, and Josh McRoberts finished with 11 rebounds, four assists, and five points.
Kings top performers: DeMarcus Cousins scored 26 points along with 11 rebounds and four steals. Isaiah Thomas netted 21 points and dropped eight dimes. Rudy Gay scored 17 points, collected 10 rebounds, and dished out four assists. Jason Thompson finished with an impressive double-double scoring 15 points and grabbing 14 boards.