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The Hornets sweep the season series downing the Kings 110-102

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December 18, 2019 - 6:43 am

By Charlie O. Mallonee

The Charlotte Hornets (13-17) played a physical game on Tuesday night in their 110-102 win over Sacramento. The Kings (12-15) shot poorly and were outrebounded. The loss overshadowed the return of De’Aaron Fox who had missed 17 games since severely spraining his ankle on November 17.

Give the Hornets credit

  • Charlotte shot the lights out hitting 39 of 81 total attempts (48.1%).
  • The Hornets were also “buzzing” from behind the 3-point line going 13-for-30 (43.3%) from downtown.
  • They also dominated the free throw line converting 19 of 27 opportunities. The Hornets were a plus seven points at charity stripe or the winning point differential.
  • The Hornets pulled down 51 rebounds (16 offensive) – a plus 18 over the Kings.

King's head coach Luke Walton was very complimentary of the Hornets physical play on the boards and in drawing fouls.

The story of the night for SAC was the return of Fox

Fox did not start the game but entered the game with 7:14 to go in the first quarter. The Kings had indicated that their star point guard would be under a minute restriction which is normal protocol for a player after being out for an extended time with a major injury. The team did not reveal the time he would be limited too but 30 minutes would be a good guess.

Fox scored a team-high 19 points and dished out a game-high eight assists. He also added two steals just for good measure.

The “Sports Center Moment” of the game came the Hornets Devonte’ Graham was driving for a layup and Fox jumped up over Graham cleared his head by inches. Graham was complaining to the officials that Fox fouled him on the top of his head. No coach’s challenge was issued.

SAC seemed a bit out of sorts

The King's second unit did not seem to have its timing down on Tuesday night in Charlotte. The pacing with Fox in the game would certainly have been different because he plays fast. Speed is a key factor in his game.

Floor spacing was a problem as well as the timing. It was the first time in 17 games these players had been a game situation together. It is not an excuse – just an explanation.

It was Buddy Hield’s Birthday

Buddy turned 27 (we think – that’s a long story) but he did not have a great game. He had only six points going into the fourth quarter. Hield would finish with 14 points, but his final 3-point basket would come with literally no time left on the clock and the outcome of the game already decided.

Leading scorers

  • Malik Monk was the leading scorer in the game with 23 points for the Hornets who had six players score in double figures.
  • De’Aaron Fox was the King's top scorer with 19 points. SAC has seven players score in double figures.

@ahmad_monk finds @codyzeller for the slam! @foxsportssouth | #AllFly

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The Glass Cleaners

  • Bismack Biyombo led all rebounders with 12 and he made it a double-double game by adding 10 points.
  • Marvin Bagley III was the King's top rebounder with seven grabs.

Dishing Dimes

  • De’Aaron Fox was the assists leader with eight dimes.
  • Devonte’ Graham led the Hornets with seven assists.

@dtaegraham ends the half with a ------------ triple! @foxsportssouth | #AllFly

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Team stats

  • Points in the Paint: CHA 52 SAC 42
  • 2nd Chance Points: CHA 17 SAC 15
  • Fastbreak Points: CHA 10 SAC 3

looking forward to your memes tho @sacramentokings -- #AllFly

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Up next

The Kings move on to Indiana to take on one of the hottest teams in the NBA – the Pacers – on Friday night.

The Hornets will be back in action on Wednesday night in Cleveland. 



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