West leads Hornets over Kings
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – David West scored 25 points as New
Orleans/Oklahoma City edged Sacramento, 125-118, at ARCO Arena.
Chris Paul added 23 points and 12 assists for the Hornets, who snapped an 11-
game skid in Sacramento and will visit the LA Clippers on Wednesday in their
season finale. Devin Brown and ex-king Bobby Jackson added 20 points apiece.
“It’s always fun to come back and play here,” said Jackson. “I love coming
back for the fans, family and old teammates.”
Ron Artest tallied 22 points and pulled down seven rebounds for the Kings, who
are now 20-20 at home this season and will finish their campaign against the
LA Lakers on Wednesday. Mike Bibby and Francisco Garcia both netted 17 points
and Shareef Abdur-Rahim finished with 15.
“We’ve been playing a certain way the whole time,” said Bibby. “We almost
pulled it out, it went back and forth for a little bit. It was real close.”
The Kings entered the final frame down by just a point and things remained
close as the game headed toward the stretch. John Salmons canned a three and
Justin Williams followed with a jumper to give Sacramento a 114-109 edge with
But, the Hornets answered strongly over the next four-plus minutes. West hit a
hook to fuel a 10-0 run that put the game away. Rasual Butler capped the spurt
with a three to make it a 119-114 game with just 2:06 remaining.
The Kings never recovered from there as New Orleans/Oklahoma City held on for
The game was tightly contested throughout. The teams were deadlocked at 31
after the opening 12 minutes and were even at 61 through intermission.
The Hornets eased ahead by a point, 94-93, after three quarters.
The Hornets are just 14-26 on the road this season…The Hornets won the
season series 3-1 against the Kings this season… The last time the Hornets
defeated the Kings in Sacramento was on January 12, 1997.