SACRAMENTO -- John Salmons scored 19 points in the third quarter to help lead the Sacramento Kings to a resounding 119-83 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats Sunday afternoon before a crowd of 14,555 at Sleep Train Arena.
The game was a matchup of the Kings, owners of the Western Conference's worst winning percentage against the Bobcats, who have the Eastern Conference's worst mark.
The Kings led just 38-37 with 5:02 left in the second quarter before changing the game's fortunes with a 31-5 burst that effectively determined the game's outcome. Sacramento never again was challenged.
Salmons had just three points at halftime, but his shooting stroke sizzled during the third quarter. His 19 points were icing on the cake for the Kings' scoring streak that spanned the second and third quarters.
The Kings (21-40) improved to 15-13 at home and the return home was a welcome change to the five-game road streak they just finished last Friday.
The Bobcats fell to 13-46 after their sixth straight defeat. They lost their third straight on this four-game road swing that ends tonight in Portland.
Six Kings scored in double figures, led by Salmons' 22 points. Power forward Jason Thompson led all players with 14 rebounds followed by Chuck Hayes with 12 boards off the bench.
The Kings outscored the Bobcats 70-42 during the second and third quarters. Center Byron Mullens and shooting guard Gerald Henderson each led Charlotte with 12 points.
The Kings have swept four Eastern Conference teams: Charlotte, Cleveland, Toronto and Washington.
NOTES: Kings assistant coach Alex English and Bobcats assistant Brian Winters were teammates at the University of South Carolina. ... Bobcats guard Reggie Williams played for Kings head coach Keith Smart in Golden State in 2010-11. ... Sunday's game against Charlotte began a stretch in which the Kings played five of six at home. In March, the Kings have nine home games. ... Kings sixth man Marcus Thornton entered Sunday's game scoring 20 or more points in each of the past three games (averaging 27.0 ppg during that span). ... Tyreke Evans snared 11 steals during the past three games. ... Bobcats rookie forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist joined LeBron James as the only two NBA players to record 25 points and 12 rebounds in a game twice before their 20th birthday.