Despite a huge night from Rajon Rondo—14 points, eight rebounds and twenty assists—the Sacramento Kings blew 22-point lead and fell 127-122 to the Charlotte Hornets.
The Hornets scored 38 points in the fourth quarter, setting up a wild finish.
Kemba Walker scored a game-high 39 points in the W.
Per the Sac Bee:
“It’s inexcusable,” Darren Collison said. “… It’s disheartening because it’s a chance to close a team out. We were playing really, really well in the third quarter, and we didn’t.”
The Kings led by 22 in the third quarter and 91-74 entering the fourth before collapsing. DeMarcus Cousins limped off the court with a stiff back and could only watch the final seconds of regulation as the Kings forced overtime on Rudy Gay’s tip-in at the buzzer.
But as been the case most of the season, the Kings could not contain an opposing guard – make that four opposing guards Monday – while being picked apart in the fourth quarter and overtime. […] “Man, it (stinks),” Gay said. “It’s a game I felt we should have had easily, and we gave it away. Plain and simple.”