The Warriors, who had lost five of six after a 22-10 start, won despite the absence of center David Lee, who missed his first game of the season after spraining his left ankle on Friday against San Antonio. The Hornets lost for only the second time in eight games after a 7-25 start.
Kings 97, Bobcats 93
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Marcus Thornton scored 18 points off the bench, Tyreke Evans came up big down the stretch, and the Sacramento Kings held on to beat the Charlotte Bobcats for their third win in four games.
After scoring just 69 points in a 16-point loss to Memphis a night earlier, the Kings made sure there would be not be another offensive letdown.
They led most of the way but needed a late burst from Evans, who scored six of the team’s last nine points in the final four minutes.
Evans finished with 16 points. DeMarcus Cousins added 17 points and 10 rebounds, and James Johnson chipped in with nine points and nine rebounds for the Kings (16-25).
Kemba Walker had a chance to tie the game but shot an airball on a 3-point attempt with 3 seconds left as Charlotte lost its 14th straight game at home. Walker had 14 points and 10 assists.
Ramon Sessions scored 16 points for Charlotte (10-30) while Gerald Henderson chipped in with 15.
The Kings led most of the game and took a 78-76 lead into the fourth quarter.
After being on the verge of taking the lead most of the quarter, the Bobcats finally jumped ahead with 3:35 left on a transition layup by Henderson off a nice feed from Walker.
The Bobcats had a chance to push the lead to four but were called for a shot clock violation at the worst time possible.
Evans tied the game with a pair of free throws on the other end.
Both teams went more than two minutes during an ugly stretch of turnover-filled basketball before Evans took advantage of Hakim Warrick’s turnover and scored an easy layup on a fast break for a 92-90 lead with 1:19 left in the game to put the Kings ahead for good.