02-26-2009, 01:11 PM
Join Date: Oct 2007
Hey, we won a road game!
Didn't stay up to see it.
Bobcats 98, Kings 91
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Wallace scores 27 as Bobcats bounce Kings
Diaw adds 23 points as Charlotte knocks off Sacramento for first road win in a while.
Posted: Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009
2/25/09 - Charlotte Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace drives to the basket past Sacramento Kings center Spencer Hawes during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif.. Associated Press photo
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. Gerald Wallace scored 27 points Wednesday night to help the Charlotte Bobcats win their first road game in nearly a month, defeating the Sacramento Kings 98-91.
Sitting in a courtside seat near the bench, Charlotte managing partner Michael Jordan watched the struggling Bobcats get off to a fast start. Charlotte went on an 18-0 run and built a 14-point halftime lead.
Boris Diaw scored 23 points for Charlotte, which had dropped seven straight road games. Emeka Okafor had 13 points and 11 rebounds, DJ Augustin scored 12 and Vladimir Radmanovic added 10.
Kevin Martin scored 23 points for the disjointed Kings, who added seven new players after last week's trade deadline.
Francisco Garcia had 15 points, newcomer Drew Gooden scored 12 and collected 13 rebounds, and Andres Nocioni added 11 points.
It was another frustrating evening for Sacramento, which has dropped three straight and 17 of 19 games. The Kings fell to 8-20 at home and are on pace to have the worst overall record in franchise history.
Gooden played his first game since being traded last week by Chicago. Despite a strained groin keeping him sidelined since Jan. 19, Gooden looked good early, making his first two shots and getting eight points and six rebounds in the opening half.
Wallace continued to frustrate the Kings defense in the third quarter when the Bobcats increased their lead to 78-60. He scored nine points, including an impressive one-handed, alley-oop dunk where Wallace went airborne along the baseline to grab a pass from Raymond Felton.
It was Diaw and Wallace carrying most of offensive load for the Bobcats during a productive first half. Diaw made a pair of 3-pointers and scored 17 points, while the acrobatic Wallace had 16 to help Charlotte assume a 55-41 lead by intermission.
Wallace, who played for Sacramento his first three seasons, got the Bobcats off to a fast start, scoring 12 first-quarter points. Charlotte shot 60 percent and led 30-20 heading into the second quarter.
The Bobcats won for the first time in franchise history at Arco after losing their previous four games.