CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Ben McLemore scored 27 points, Rudy Gay added 26, and the Sacramento Kings snapped a four-game losing streak with a 113-106 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night.
DeMarcus Cousins chipped in with 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Kings, who handed the playoff-hopeful Hornets a potentially costly defeat.
Cousins and Gay combined for 18 points in the fourth quarter, including several big shots down the stretch to squash the Hornets’ comeback bid.
Kemba Walker had six points in 16 minutes off the bench after missing 18 games following knee surgery, but Charlotte lost center Al Jefferson to a strained right calf late in the third quarter.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting for the Hornets, who have lost back-to-back games at home after a five-game winning streak.
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