Thompson scored 12 first-half points, and Cousins added 10 points and seven rebounds for the Kings before the break. Marcus Thornton's 3-pointer with 3:19 left, which tied the game 47-47, was the final score of the half for Sacramento.
NOTES: Hornets coach Monty Williams was bemoaning his team's recent habit of turning the ball over late in games. In their previous two home losses, Gordon had three fourth-quarter turnovers against the Chicago Bulls and then had a bad turnover in the final minute of a 104-100 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, a game the Hornets led by four with 56 seconds left. "Turnovers in untimely situations have hurt us," Williams said. "A lot of times it's just guys going for a home-run play, and that's where we've been talking about discipline. If a pass isn't there, you don't have to throw it. I'd rather you shoot it at the rim from half court than to throw it away. At least you've got a chance to rebound." ... Two of the three players acquired by the Kings in a Feb. 20 trade with Houston -- guard Toney Douglas and forward Patrick Patterson -- were with the team in New Orleans. Center Cole Aldrich, who had an ankle injury earlier in the season, stayed behind in Sacramento for additional medical tests. "Obviously, once he's cleared to be with us, he'll join us," Sacramento coach Keith Smart said. "Now we're just waiting for the tests to come through. There's just a little more extensive testing in the NBA than before." ... Smart, who grew up in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, bought 25 tickets for extended family. His career highlight as an Indiana player came when he made the jump shot in the Superdome that won the NCAA title for the Hoosiers in 1987. "Every time I pass by that building, all those memories start flowing again," Smart said. "Sometimes when I'm driving home to go see my mom, I've got to circle around the building, and those memories always come flooding back."