Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans drives past Charlotte Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson during the game at Time Warner Cable Arena. (PHOTO: US PRESSWIRE)
CHARLOTTE, NC - DeMarcus Cousins had 29 points and 10 rebounds as the Sacramento Kings downed the lowly Charlotte Bobcats, 114-88, at Time Warner Cable Arena.
Tyreke Evans added 22 points while Jason Thompson contributed 14 points, 11 rebounds and five steals for the Kings, who had lost nine of their last 10 games entering Sunday's contest.
Derrick Brown, Byron Mullens and Kemba Walker each scored 13 points for Charlotte, which extended its franchise-record losing streak to 20 games.
Walker also had 11 assists in a losing effort.
Sacramento controlled the game from the start, opening the contest with a 22-8 run to jump out to a double-digit lead that was never threatened.
The Kings' advantage stretched to as much as 16 in the first quarter on Cousins' three-point play within the final minute of the frame and they carried a 31-19 lead into the second quarter.
Charlotte would get no closer than 10 throughout the second as Donte Greene scored eight points and Jimmer Fredette netted seven to pace the Kings, who held a 59-44 cushion at the break.
Sacramento then held more than a 20-point lead for the majority of the third quarter en route to an 87-67 advantage heading into the fourth, where the Kings' cushion capped out at 114-79 on Fredette's layup with three minutes left in the game.
Charlotte's current skid is the NBA's worst since Cleveland dropped 26 in a row from December 20, 2010-February 9, 2011...Sacramento improved to 6-26 on the road this season, while the Bobcats fell to 4-28 at home...Charlotte held a 45-37 advantage on the glass but was outscored in the paint, 78-54.
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