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03/03/2013 10:17 PM EST
Salmons, Thompson lead Kings past Bobcats, 119-83
SACRAMENTO 119, CHARLOTTE 83

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- John Salmons has had some memorable
games during his 10-year career. With his strong shooting
against the Charlotte Bobcats, he added another to the list.



Salmons scored 19 of his 22 points in the third quarter and
Jason Thompson had 18 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Kings
in a 119-83 victory over the slumping Charlotte Bobcats on
Sunday.



Salmons got the Kings going in the third quarter when they
outscored the Bobcats 43-19 and took a 97-59 lead into the
fourth. The point total was the most allowed in Charlotte
franchise history and the most by the Kings this season.



"Anything he (Salmons) threw at the basket it went in,"
Charlotte coach Mike Dunlap said. "He can do that and we knew
that about him. A lot of those shots were contested by us. But
full credit to him."



Salmons scored all 19 points in the third in 4-minute stretch
that included a four-point play. Salmons made 4 of 7 3s in the
quarter and connected on all five free throws.



"When my teammates find me open and I'm in a rhythm, I have a
lot of confidence that I'm going to knock the shots down," said
Salmons, who left the game for good late in the third quarter.



Marcus Thornton also scored 18 points for the Kings, who made 13
3-pointers in halting a stretch of seven losses in the previous
eight games.



According to Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Kings won by
36 points or more was on Nov. 15, 2005, in a 119-83 victory over
Utah.



"We caught them on a bad night and today was our day," said
reserve center Chuck Hayes, who had 12 rebounds.



DeMarcus Cousins had 14 points, Tyreke Evans added 13 and Isaiah
Thomas had 10 points and seven assists.



The Kings closed the first half with nine straight points, then
opened the third quarter with a 10-0 run to extend their lead to
64-40. The advantage reached a high of 43 points early in the
fourth quarter.



The Bobcats outscored the Kings 24-22 in the fourth quarter,
which was about the only solace for Charlotte reserve Josh
McRoberts afterward.



"It's what you got to do. It was ugly," McRoberts said. "You
have to stay with it. You have to have a little bit of pride
individually as a team. You don't come into a game thinking
that's going to happen or wanting that to happen, but you've got
to play hard."



Byron Mullens and Gerald Henderson each scored 12 points for the
Bobcats. Charlotte, which has lost five straight, was
outrebounded 60-31 and shot 36 percent. Kemba Walker had 11
points and six assists.



The slide continued for the Bobcats, who opened the season 7-5.
They have now dropped 10 of 11 games on the road, 22 of 26
overall and appear headed for the league's worst record again.



Following a 1-4 road trip that dropped the Kings to 6-27 this
season, Thompson said it felt good to be playing again in Sleep
Train Arena.



"It's good to be home and not eating room-service food,"
Thompson said. "We play differently at home than we do on the
road."



Thompson had one of his most efficient games of the season. He
made 6 of 8 shots and added two steals in easily getting a
double-double in just under 28 minutes.



This was the first home game since the announcement by
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson last week that a plan was in
place to keep the Kings in Sacramento.



The NBA received an official offer on Friday from 24 Hour
Fitness founder Mark Mastrov and billionaire Ron Burkle to buy
the Kings. The announcement also came with a tentative plan to
build a downtown arena.



In January, the Maloof family, the current owners, signed an
agreement with a Seattle group led by hedge-fund manager Chris
Hansen and Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer. The NBA
board of governors is expected to vote in mid-April on that bid.



Leading by 14 points at halftime, the Kings stretched their lead
quickly as the Bobcats continued to struggled offensively in the
third quarter. Thomas made a pair of 3s to highlight a 15-2 run
that gave Sacramento a 69-42 lead with 8:31 remaining in the
period.



A year ago in a shortened season, Charlotte posted a 7-59
record, the worst winning percentage (.106) for a season in NBA
history.



Cousins, Thompson and Thornton all had 12 first-half points for
Sacramento, which led 54-40. Thornton made a pair of threes and
had 10 points in the second quarter.



After taking a nine-point lead at the 3:17 mark of the first
quarter, the Bobcats were outscored 38-15 the reminder of the
first half. The Bobcats shot 4 of 17 in the second quarter when
they were outscored 27-13.



NOTES: It was the first game in uniform for center Cole Aldrich,
who came to the Kings following a trade with Houston that also
included Toney Douglas and Patrick Patterson. Aldrich played 16
minutes and had three points and five rebounds ... It was an
exciting end of the first half for the Kings, who had a
spectacular dunk by Cousins followed by a buzzer-beating
3-pointer from Evans. ... Mullens, Charlotte's center, had 10
points in the first half, but zero rebounds.

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