The Sacramento Kings let a rare road win slip through their fingers Monday night at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte. After leading by as many as 22 in the third quarter and taking a 91-74 lead going to the fourth, Sacramento fell apart down the stretch.
Kemba Walker hit a runner with .7 seconds remaining that gave the Hornets a two-point lead. Rudy Gay caught a Rajon Rondo assist and flipped it in as time expired to push the game to overtime.
Charlotte kept the pressure on in the extra frame, taking a six-point lead with 2:07 remaining. The Kings fought back, but couldn’t get over the hump, falling to the Hornets by a final of 127-122.
Walker scored 21 of his game-high 39 points in a wild fourth quarter. Walker finished 16-of-23 from the field, and added six rebounds and five assists.
Nic Batum chipped in 18 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, while Jeremy Lin dropped in eight points in the overtime session.
Charlotte had no answer for DeMarcus Cousins. The All-Star big man dropped a team-high 30 points on 13-for-21 shooting and added 11 rebounds, but left the game in the late fourth quarter with back stiffness.
Rudy Gay caught fire in the third and finished with 28 points and 10 rebounds. Rajon Rondo barely missed a triple-double, throwing up 14 points, eight rebounds and a team-record 20 assists.
Marco Belinelli chipped in 17 points on 7-of-17 shooting off the Kings bench.
Walker put the Hornets on his back and carried them to victory. The 6-foot-1 point guard played out of his mind in the fourth quarter and finished the game off in the overtime session.
The Hornets outscored the Kings 38-21 in the fourth quarter and carried that momentum into the overtime session.
Rudy Gay returned to the court after missing Saturday’s game with a strained left shoulder. DeMarcus Cousins had a huge night, but couldn’t finish the game due to back stiffness.
The Kings finish up their season-long five game trip with a stop in Milwaukee to face the Bucks on Wednesday. They return home to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday before driving down to Oakland for a clash against the undefeated Warriors on Saturday.