Brezecís Big Night Lifts Bobcats in Overtime
Charlotte 106, Sacramento 103 (OT)
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Dec. 19 (Ticker) -- Primoz Brezec came up big in overtime for the Charlotte Bobcats.
Brezec scored five of his 26 points in the extra session, lifting the Bobcats to a 106-103 victory over the Sacramento Kings.
"I was able to hit some early shots and get my confidence and then I just let the game come to me," Brezec said.
The Kings scored the next four points and had a chance to extend the game, but Mike Bibby misfired on a 3-pointer just before the final buzzer.
"It was real tough, real tough," Sacramento forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim said. "The game shouldn't have been in that situation, so it's our own fault."
After getting close on numerous occasions, the Kings tied the game at 89-89 with 5:45 remaining in the fourth quarter on Bibby's layup.
Abdur-Rahim made a jumper to give the Kings a 91-90 lead, but Keith Bogans answered with a 3-pointer for the Bobcats.
Gerald Wallace converted a layup and rookie Raymond Felton had a steal and dunk, giving the Bobcats a 99-95 advantage with 1:11 left in regulation.
"This is a big win that we needed," Felton said, "Especially coming off of that loss against Detroit (on Saturday). This game was really key for us, to get this win and get ready to go on the road and play Chicago tomorrow."
The Kings again battled back as Abdur-Rahim made two free throws and Bibby drained a jumper, tying the game at 99-99 with 35 seconds to go in regulation.
Bibby missed a jumper as time expired, sending the game into overtime.
Wallace had 15 points, seven assists and a career-high six steals. Felton, who made just his second-career start, added 14 points and nine assists.
Bogans scored eight of his 13 points in fourth quarter for Charlotte, which won for only the second time in its last 11 games.
"The guys really reached down when they were undermanned and just got after it," Charlotte coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. "That just goes to show you what hustle and effort can do. We always fight and when you fight, you have a chance. I can handle anything if you commit to effort because good things happen when you play hard and that's why I'm really proud of them. They could have surrendered because guys kept going down."
Wallace had an alley-oop dunk in the third quarter during a 14-2 run that gave the Bobcats their biggest lead, 67-59.
The Bobcats received some bad news when Emeka Okafor, who had 12 points and 12 rebounds, left the game in the third quarter with a sprained right ankle.
"Just for us to win this game the way we did with the things that were happening to the team," Wallace said. "We lost Emeka (Okafor), we lost Kareem Rush, Brevin Knight was out tonight, guys were banged up. For us to get a win like this was great. It just shows the heart of the team."
Sacramento also lost a player when Bonzi Wells departed in the first quarter with a groin injury. Kevin Martin stepped up in Wells' absence by scoring a career-best 19 points in 41 minutes.
"It's tough, but they had a lot of people out too," Sacramento coach Rick Adelman said. "They lost people during the game as well and had people out before the game, but their guys did a good job. We've got to move on. We made too many mistakes and too many errors to win the game."
Abdur-Rahim scored a season-high 32 points on 12-of-20 shooting and Bibby added 23 points, eight rebounds and eight assists as Sacramento completed a 1-3 road trip.
"We should have been ready to play," Adelman said. "We had two days off before San Antonio and a day off yesterday between games. You have to come ready to play in this league. There are no excuses no matter how long a trip you're on."
The Bobcats will be without Okafor and Rush as well as Jake Voskuhl (sprained ankle) and Melvin Ely (flu-like symptoms) for Tuesday night's game in Chicago.