SACRAMENTO, Calif. — John Salmons had 22 points, and Jason Thompson and Marcus Thornton each added 20 to help the Sacramento Kings snap a four-game losing streak with a 121-110 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night.
The Kings led by 17 at the half and surpassed the 100-point mark early in the fourth quarter when they stretched the lead to 28 points against the struggling Hornets.
The victory halted a season-high five-game home losing streak for the Kings, who have a 20-20 record at Sleep Train Arena. The Kings haven’t had a .500 or better home record since the 2007-08 season when they went 26-15.
Isaiah Thomas had 15 points and DeMarcus Cousins 11 for the Kings.
Eric Gordon scored 23 points, Robin Lopez had 20 and Brian Robers a career-high 20 for the Hornets, who have dropped two straight and four of five. New Orleans went 1-4 on its road trip and has now lost 10 of 11 away from home.
Rookie Anthony Davis, the first pick in the 2012 draft, limped off the court midway through the fourth quarter after crashing to the floor while drawing an offensive foul against Thornton.
Xavier Henry scored 15 points and Davis had 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Quiet through the first three quarters, Thompson scored 16 points in the fourth quarter, including three consecutive jumpers that thwarted any hopes of a New Orleans comeback.
Trailing by 30 points, the Hornets continued to cut into the lead in the fourth quarter. Gordon and Roberts both made two free throws, cutting the Sacramento lead to 113-100 with 3:41 remaining. But that’s as close as the Hornets would get.
Salmons had five points in 75 minutes over the previous three games, when he shot a combined 1 of 14. The veteran forward was 7 for 10 and made two 3-pointers for the Kings, who shot 55 percent.
The Hornets cut the Sacramento lead to 11 midway through the third quarter but the Kings responded, closing the quarter with a 17-6 run for a 95-73 lead going into the fourth. Salmons scored 12 points in the third for the Kings.
It was a miserable opening half for the Hornets. They shot 41 percent, committed 11 turnovers and put up little resistance defensively. Lopez scored 12 points and Gordon had 10.
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