Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/29

Game 1: Tuesday, November 29th
Game 2: Monday, December 19th

Kings 103

(10-15, 3-8 away)

Bobcats 106

(7-18, 5-7 home)

Coverage: CSNS

7:30 PM ET, December 19, 2005

Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC

1 2 3 4 OT T
SAC 30 22 21 26 4103
CHA 25 27 27 20 7106

Top Performers

Sacramento: S. Abdur-Rahim 32 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk

Charlotte: P. Brezec 26 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

Brezec's 26 points lead Bobcats past Kings in OT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Charlotte Bobcats' much-needed win was a costly one.

Primoz Brezec scored five of his 26 points in overtime to help the Bobcats to a 106-103 victory over the Sacramento Kings in a Monday night game that saw Charlotte lose several players, including Emeka Okafor, to injury.

Okafor appeared to seriously sprain his right ankle late in the third quarter. After the game, he had a pair of steel crutches laying near his feet in the locker room.

"It's the new Christmas craze," he quipped of his accessories.

Unsure of how serious the injury is, Okafor will skip Tuesday night's game in Chicago to stay in Charlotte for further tests. Staying behind with him will be guard Kareem Rush, who played just seven minutes before leaving with a strained left index finger, along with forward Melvin Ely (flu) and center Jake Voskuhl (ankle).

The injuries to Okafor and Rush were nearly crippling to the Bobcats, who were without starting guard Brevin Knight (arm injury) and lost replacement Raymond Felton for much of the second quarter when he tweaked his ankle.

"We had people falling out left and right," Okafor said. "Winning the game was sort of a consolation to that."

So it was up to the remaining bodies to carry the Bobcats, who were trying their best to shake off Saturday night's humiliating 110-92 home loss to Detroit.

"We had guys going down all over the place," said Brezec, who fell just a point shy of his career high. "Somebody had to step up."

It was Brezec in overtime, who helped the Bobcats build a seven-point lead. But they nearly saw it vanish as they went scoreless the final 2:25.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim hit a pair of free throws and made a basket in the final minute to cut it to 106-103. But, after a Charlotte turnover, Mike Bibby's 3-point attempt missed to end the game.

"They were the hungrier team tonight," said Abdur-Rahim, who scored 32 points. "They played like they wanted to win and we played like we were ready to go home."

The Kings closed their four-game road trip with their third straight loss and eighth in their last 11 games.

"There are no excuses no matter how long a trip you're on," Sacramento coach Rick Adelman said.

Gerald Wallace finished with 15 points for Charlotte. Felton, making his second start of the season in place of Knight, returned from the early ankle sprain to contribute 14 points, nine assists and a 19-foot jumper to open the overtime period.

"This is a big win that we needed, especially coming off that pretty bad loss to Detroit," Felton said.

Keith Bogans had 13 points and Okafor had 12 points and 12 rebounds before he was hurt.

Bibby finished with 23 points and Kevin Martin came off the bench to score a career-high 19.

Charlotte led by as many as eight in the second half, and was clinging to a 99-95 late in the fourth quarter when the Bobcats unraveled. Wallace was called for a shooting foul on Abdur-Rahim, sending him to the line for two shots. He made both to cut it to 99-97 with 1:01 to play.

Wallace then missed at the other end, Bibby got the rebound and converted it into a basket that tied the game with 35 seconds to play. Charlotte came up empty again, with Bogans missing a 3 that went straight to Sacramento. But Bibby played for a final shot, and his 23-footer at the end of regulation rattled off the front of the rim to send it into overtime.

But the Bobcats recovered in overtime by holding the Kings scoreless on their first seven possessions to take control of the game.

Game notes

The game marked a return of two former members of the Bobcats' very first roster -- both Jason Hart and Jamal Sampson played for Charlotte last season and are now with the Kings. Hart played five minutes, but Sampson was in street clothes. ... Also returning was center Brad Miller, who began his career as a member of the Charlotte Hornets. ... Carolina Panthers receiver Steve Smith, who suffered through an apparent bout of food poisoning in Sunday's win over New Orleans, recovered enough to sit courtside and received a rousing ovation from the crowd. Three seats down was pop star and North Carolina native Clay Aiken, who defied a security guard by signing an autograph for a little girl.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 103 106
FGM-FGA 37-83 (.446) 39-88 (.443)
3PM-3PA 4-18 (.222) 4-18 (.222)
FTM-FTA 25-27 (.926) 24-36 (.667)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-46 14-43
Assists 25 22
Turnovers 20 15
Steals 7 14
Blocks 2 5
Fast Break Points 6 23
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 30 (0/1) 27 (1/0)
Largest Lead 7 8

Top Performers

Shareef Abdur-Rahim Abdur-Rahim
Points: 32
Reb: 5
Ast: 2
Stl: 0
Blk: 1
Primoz Brezec Brezec
Points: 26
Reb: 8
Ast: 1
Stl: 1
Blk: 0