Late steal lifts Kings over Hornets 99-98


Late steal lifts Kings over Hornets 99-98

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) John Salmons made the go-ahead layup with 6.8 seconds left, Marcus Thornton scored 25 points, and the Sacramento Kings snapped a four-game losing streak by beating the New Orleans Hornets 99-98 on Wednesday night.The Hornets led by one and inbounded with 8.9 seconds left, but Isaiah Thomas stole Trevor Ariza's pass and quickly spotted Salmons cutting to the basket for a left-handed layup.Jarrett Jack had 25 points and Ariza 20 for the Hornets, who lost their third straight and fifth in six games. Chris Kaman had 18 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists.Tyreke Evans had 13 points for the Kings, who had dropped 10 of their previous 12 games. Jason Thompson, Salmons and Thomas all had 12 points, and Jimmer Fredette scored 11.The Kings played without second-year center DeMarcus Cousins, their third-leading scorer and top rebounder. The team said he was suffering from food poisoning. The Kings are 2-0 in games Cousins has missed this season, both coming against the Hornets.This was the first of a franchise-record nine straight home games for the Kings. It came one day after the City Council and Mayor Kevin Johnson took care of the financial details of a new arena that will keep the team in Sacramento indefinitely, ending rumors that the team might move to Anaheim or Seattle.The City Council approved the measure Tuesday night to build a new downtown arena that is expected to break ground next spring and be ready for the 2015-16 season.It was yet another evening of playing short-handed for the Hornets, who have been decimated by injuries this season and only dressed nine players against the Kings.Thornton made a basket to pull the Kings to within 98-97. A shot clock violation by New Orleans gave Sacramento the ball back with 19 seconds left and trailing by one point. Thornton missed a jumper, but the Kings got a final chance after the turnover.Ariza missed a jumper as time expired.Trailing by six points early in the fourth quarter, the Kings ran off seven straight points to assume the lead. Fredette's 3-pointer ended the run, giving Sacramento an 85-84 advantage.The Hornets continued to shoot well in the third quarter, when they outscored the Kings 26-20. Jack scored eight points and Ariza had seven in the quarter. Vasquez made the Hornets' first 3-pointer of the game with 21 seconds remaining in the period, putting New Orleans ahead 80-78 heading into the fourth.Thomas scored 12 points and Thornton had 10, helping the Kings take a 58-54 lead into halftime. Jack and Kaman both scored 12 points in the opening half for the Hornets, who shot 57 percent.Notes: The latest Hornet with an injury was starting power forward Gustavo Ayon, who missed the game due to a sore left foot. . The Hornets are expected to sign Solomon Jones for the remainder of the season on Wednesday. Jones, who started against the Kings, is on the final day of his second 10-day contract. . The Kings attempted 14 3-point shots in the opening half while the Hornets shot just one.

Lawson survives cut day, ready to help Kings: 'Go hard or go home'

Lawson survives cut day, ready to help Kings: 'Go hard or go home'

SACRAMENTO -- Cut day came and went in Sacramento without any major surprises. That is, unless you consider veteran point guard Ty Lawson’s inclusion as a shock. Lawson is packed with talent, but he’s struggled to stay out of his own way over the last few seasons, including a missed flight to Kentucky earlier in the preseason.

It was fitting that the seven-year NBA vet joined the media for a chat after practice on Monday. While it was a forgone conclusion that Lawson would make the roster for the better part of two weeks, he came into camp in a fight with four other players for the 15th and final spot.

“It’s tough, it’s been a month, we’ve grown a bond with each other,” Lawson said of cut day. “We’ve been playing with each, practicing with each other, just getting to know everybody. Cut day is always the toughest.”

Now that he’s assured a roster spot, it’s go time for Lawson. The 28-year-old lead guard is trying to resurrect his career in Sacramento. He’ll get an 8-game run as the starter while Darren Collison sits out.

“I’m ready to go, games start tomorrow, our first game is Wednesday, you know, the season’s here,” Lawson said. “Go hard or go home, I’m excited.”

After playing sparingly down the stretch last season for the Indiana Pacers, Lawson will be counted on to play huge minutes early on. He’ll have Garrett Temple backing him up, but the focus will be on the speedy guard out of North Carolina.

“I’m going hard in practice to get my wind up,” Lawson said. “Coach is telling me I’m going to play a lot of minutes - 30 to 40.”

With Lawson in, that means that three other players are out. Jordan Farmar, Isaiah Cousins and Lamar Patterson received pink slips on Monday. It’s never an easy time in the NBA world as players of all ages are faced with their NBA mortality.

“We have a full roster, it’s pretty difficult (to make the team),” coach Joerger said. “Guys are doing it for different reasons - to get experience, to get exposure back to the league, to get familiarity with our organization and with what we’re doing here.”

It appears that Farmar came into camp as Plan B, incase Lawson wasn’t up for the task. He performed well in his limited time off the Kings’ bench and he could become an option down the road if Sacramento is in the market for a seasoned NBA guard with 3-point shooting skills.

As for the Kings’ two young players, both Isaiah Cousins and Lamar Patterson are eligible to join Sacramento’s D-League affiliate in Reno if they choose to join the NBA’s minor league program.

Taken with the 59th pick in the second round of the 2016 NBA Draft, Cousins is a big physical guard that might find success with the Bighorns under head coach Darrick Martin. He can play both the one and the two, but it was clear early on that he was lost in a numbers game.

After four seasons at Oklahoma, Cousins has the physical maturity to play at the NBA level, but he needs more seasoning. When Sacramento waived him, they gave up his rights after signed him to a partially guaranteed deal over the summer. If he goes unclaimed over the next 48 hours, he will decide between playing overseas or joining the D-League.

Patterson is an interesting player. The 25-year-old wing has already experienced the D-League, playing 19 games last season between the Austin Spurs and the Canton Charge. Patterson posted 12.8 points, 4.3 assists and 3.8 rebounds in 26.9 minutes per game in his two stops.

He was waived on Wednesday by Sacramento, but resigned on Friday afternoon, which helped the Kings retain his D-League rights moving forward.  

The Kings will practice one more time on Tuesday before boarding a plane for Phoenix in the afternoon. They’ll face a young Suns team on Wednesday night in their opener, followed by a the first official game in the Golden 1 Center against the Spurs on Thursday night. Preseason is officially over and now it gets real for a newly formed team looking to get off to a fast start.

Source: Lawson makes Kings' roster; draft pick among cuts

Source: Lawson makes Kings' roster; draft pick among cuts

SACRAMENTO -- The roster is set. With opening night just days away, the Sacramento Kings made their final cuts on Monday morning. Despite a rocky camp that included a missed flight to Kentucky, a source has confirmed to CSN California that point guard Ty Lawson has made the team, leaving Jordan Farmar, Lamar Patterson and rookie Isaiah Cousins on the outside looking in.

At 28-years-old, Lawson was able to show enough during the preseason to warrant a longer look. He is expected to start the first eight games of the season at the point while Darren Collison serves his league mandated suspension. He enters the 2016-17 campaign with career averages of 13.1 points and 6.2 assists in seven seasons in the league.

Farmar, 29, played for Joerger last season in Memphis. He has suited up for four different teams over his nine-year NBA career before signing with Sacramento this summer.

He posted solid numbers in his four preseason appearances averaging 6.5 points on 47.1 percent shooting from the floor and 45.5 percent from long range in 14 minutes per game.

Cousins came into camp a long shot to make the roster. Taken with the 59th selection in the 2016 NBA Draft, the 6-foot-5 guard out of Oklahoma has the physical tools to play in the league, but his path to the NBA will likely go through the D-League.

He appeared in just two games for the Kings during the preseason, recording just two points in 12 minutes of action. As one of the final cuts by the Kings, Cousins is eligible to go to the Reno Bighorns, if he chooses to play in the D-League this season.

Lamar Patterson re-signed, waived
Sacramento started their roster cutdown on Wednesday when they waived wing Lamar Patterson. But according to a league source, the Kings re-signed Patterson on Friday after he cleared the NBA’s waiver system.

The 25-year-old out of the University of Pittsburg practiced with the team on Sunday. But he was waived before Monday’s 2pm PST league cutdown time, as expected, and he is now eligible to join the Bighorns if he chooses to sign a D-League contract.

Patterson joined the Kings earlier this summer as a waiver claim after being dropped by the Atlanta Hawks. The high-flying guard/forward averaged 5.8 points in 9.3 minutes over four preseason games.