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Sacramento at Charlotte

May's rare 3-pointer helps short-handed 'Cats edge Kings

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Sean May is determined to eventually become a consistent outside shooter.

The plan moved into fast-forward on Wednesday.

May had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 16 seconds left, leading the Charlotte Bobcats to a 111-108 victory over the Sacramento Kings.

The 6-foot-9 May, who had been 0-for-6 on 3s in his two-year career, hit both of his 3-point attempts.

"A lot of guys don't expect me to shoot 3s," May said. "As you can see, last year I started shooting 12 to 15 feet. Now, I'm moving it to 15 to 20. Hopefully I'll eventually move out beyond that arc in a consistent basis.

"Tonight we were just fortunate that it went down and we got a huge win out of it."

Matt Carroll added 22 points and Raymond Felton fought off flu-like symptoms to score 16, including two free throws with nine seconds left to put Charlotte ahead by 3.

Felton also assisted on May's 3, and his former North Carolina teammate never hesitated giving May the ball.

"He was open and he was hitting all game. Who else should I give it to?" Felton said. "He was right there and hitting jump shots all game. He had hit that 3 at the end of the shot clock earlier in the game, so I said why not? Go for it, big fella. Go for the kill."

Kevin Martin scored 26 points for the Kings, but failed to hit the rim on a desperation 3-point attempt at the buzzer. Ron Artest added 21 points, but ran into May and drew a charge with 10 seconds left with the Kings trailing by one.

"It wasn't a charge, but referees for the most part give me a lot of calls," Artest said. "So I'm not going to argue."

Sacramento shot 52 percent, but committed 18 turnovers and lost its fourth straight game as it fights for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

"It's not a problem. We've just lost four games," Artest said. "Dallas lost four in a row in the beginning of the season. We're going to be fine."

The short-handed Bobcats won their first game since part-owner Michael Jordan announced Bernie Bickerstaff would not return as coach next season.

Leading rebounder Emeka Okafor (strained left calf) missed his ninth straight game and guard Brevin Knight was out with a groin injury.

Leading scorer Gerald Wallace fouled out with 3:37 left, and center Primoz Brezec went out with a twisted ankle with 25 seconds to go, but Charlotte still won its second straight.

And Derek Anderson said it means a lot to win for Bickerstaff.

"Because you know when you first start off, this is not the most attractive job," Anderson said of the third-year expansion team. "But he's made it attractive for people to want to come in and coach us. Hats off to that guy. He's done a great job."

Artest, in his third game back from a two-game absence following his arrest on suspicion of domestic violence, hit a 3-pointer with 30 seconds left to put Sacramento ahead, 107-104. But Artest hit only 1 of 2 free throws six seconds later.

The Kings shot 60 percent in the first half in taking a 61-56 lead, with Martin and Artest combining for 29 points. Charlotte stayed in it by going 6-for-10 on 3-pointers in the half.

The Kings lost forward Kenny Thomas to a jammed left big toe in the third quarter, and Charlotte rallied to take an 82-80 lead behind Felton's 11 points.

Martin's 3 with 6:13 left gave the Kings a 96-91 lead, before Derek Anderson and Carroll made 3s to get Charlotte within one with less than five minutes to go.

"We haven't done a very good job all year of defending the 3-point shot," Kings coach Eric Musselman said. "Tonight it cost us the game."

Notes

  • The Kings remain the only NBA team not to have beaten the Bobcats in Charlotte.
  • Bickerstaff will be busy over the next four days, scouting NCAA Tournament games in Winston-Salem, N.C. on Thursday and Chicago on Sunday, in between Bobcats games on Friday and Saturday. "Not bad for a guy who was fired," said Bickerstaff, upset with some reports that said he was forced out as coach. Bickerstaff said it was a mutual decision between he and Jordan.
  • Knight is afraid he'll need additional abdominal surgery at the end of the season.
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Sean May goes off for 20 points against the Kings, including a 3 with 16 seconds left.  (Getty Images)
Sean May goes off for 20 points against the Kings, including a 3 with 16 seconds left. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Sacramento (28-36) 30311928108
Charlotte (24-41) «31252629111
SAC:K. Martin 26 Pts
SAC:B. Miller 7 Reb
SAC:R. Artest 7 Ast
CHA:M. Carroll 22 Pts
CHA:J. Voskuhl 13 Reb
CHA:R. Felton 8 Ast
Players of the Game
CharlotteSacramento

S. May

K. Martin
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
201222676
Sacramento
R. Artest, SF397-145-817321
K. Martin, SG367-1510-1276226
B. Miller, C344-72-273310
M. Bibby, PG325-93-561215
K. Thomas, PF162-31-20115
J. Salmons, SF276-81-241114
S. Abdur-Rahim, C253-95-733211
F. Garcia, SG150-10-04100
C. Williamson, PF123-50-04026
R. Price, PG40-00-00200
V. Potapenko, CDid Not Play
Q. Douby, PGDid Not Play
J. Williams, PFDid Not Play
Totals 37-7127-38362516108
 52.1%71.1% 
Charlotte
S. May, F329-170-0122520
G. Wallace, SF305-132-232613
M. Carroll, SG299-140-015222
P. Brezec, C252-72-46146
J. McInnis, PG212-50-00324
R. Felton, PG274-147-838116
D. Anderson, SG264-82-223312
J. Voskuhl, C213-50-013216
A. Morrison, SG171-50-00022
W. Herrmann, SF124-40-020210
O. Harrington, PFDid Not Play
B. Knight, PGDid Not Play
E. Williams, PFDid Not Play
E. Okafor, CDid Not Play
R. Hollins, CDid Not Play
Totals 43-9213-16422628111
 46.7%81.2% 
Other Games
NY 94 Final
Tor 104
Chi 88 Final
Phi 87
Wash 112 Final
Ind 96
Utah 90 Final
Orl 101
Atl 88 Final
Bos 109
Cle 118 Final
Mem 96
LAC 105 Final
Hou 109
Pho 129 Final
Dal 127
Det 87 Final
Port 75