Despite hot fourth quarter, Kings fall to Hornets for eighth straight loss
SKID KEEPS GOING
Make it eight. The Sacramento Kings reached a new low in the 2017-18 season Monday evening in Charlotte, dropping their eighth straight game, this time by a final of 112-107.
The Hornets lit the Kings up from the perimeter, knocking down a season-high 16 3-pointers in the win. Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lamb led Charlotte in scoring and big Dwight Howard added a double-double to help Charlotte improve to 19-26.
Sacramento was slow to rotate, leaving shooters wide open on the perimeter and the Hornets made them pay.
STANDOUT PERFORMER I
Walker is a player. The All-Star point guard attacked the Kings in the paint and hit them with the deep ball. He scored a game-high 26 points and chipped in nine assists in the Hornet's win.
STANDOUT PERFORMER II
De’Aaron Fox fared well against an All-Star competitor on the offensive end. The speedie rookie finished the night with 16 points on 6-for-12 shooting and added seven assists in the loss. With George Hill coming off the bench, Fox is getting a chance to run the show.
STANDOUT PERFORMER III
Getting better. Despite the lopsided score, Skal Labissiere kept playing. The second-year big out of Haiti went off for 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting to go with four rebounds and a block.
Charlotte bombed away in the first half, hitting 10-of-20 from behind the arc before the intermission to take a 67-55 lead into the third quarter. They stretched the lead 92-75 going to the fourth with a late barrage. The Kings made a late run, but it wasn’t enough to snap the losing streak.
Garrett Temple and Zach Randolph sat out as healthy scratches against the Hornets. Frank Mason III is out another 2-4 weeks with a partial tear of the right plantar fascia. Harry Giles is out for the season.
The Kings reach the halfway point of their six-game road trip Tuesday when they face the Orlando Magic on the second night of a back-to-back. They’ll travel to Miami following the stop in Orlando and then finish with the Spurs and Pelicans early next week.