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Monk's big 4th quarter lifts Hornets over Kings 110-102

The Sacramento Kings fall to 8th in the Western Conference after suffering a loss to the Charlotte Hornets.
Credit: AP
Charlotte Hornets guard Terry Rozier, right, runs the offense against Sacramento Kings guard De'Aaron Fox in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Malik Monk scored 14 of his season-high 23 points in the fourth quarter, and the Charlotte Hornets spoiled De'Aaron Fox's return from injury with a 110-102 win over the Sacramento Kings.

Cody Zeller had 17 points and nine rebounds. Bismack Biyombo added 10 points and 12 rebounds as the Hornets won for the fourth time in five games. Monk was 5 of 5 from the field and had five rebounds in the fourth. Fox was supposed to be on a minutes restriction after coming back from a sprained ankle, but he played 30 minutes and led the Kings with 19 points.

ROYALTY:

  • De'Aaron Fox: 12 pts (2-6 from three) 8 ast 2 reb
  • Buddy Hield: 14 pts (4-8) 2 ast 2 reb
  • Richaun Holmes: 11 pts 5 rebs
  • Marvin Bagley lll: 14 pts 7 rebs
  • Malik Monk: 20 pts (3-5 from three) 10 rebs 4 ast 
  • Cody Zeller: 17 pts 9 rebs 4 ast 
  • Devonte Graham: 15 pts 4 rebs 7 ast

PLAYOFF PICTURE:

With a little over a quarter of the season in their rear view mirror, the Kings now sit in the 8th spot in the Western Conference and if the playoffs started today they'd play the Los Angeles Lakers. 

While Laker fans would salivate at this opportunity, Kings fans cringe and hope their favorite team can climb to a better position in the battle royal we call the Western Confernce.

UP NEXT:

  • Kings: Head to Indiana Friday to play the 19-9 Pacers
  • Hornets: Head to Cleveland Wednesday to play the 6-21 Cavaliers