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Kings’ three-point defense leaky in 2 OT loss to Charlotte

Video: Jason Jones' three takeaways after Sacramento Kings loss to Charlotte Hornets in double overtime

The Sacramento Bee's Kings insider Jason Jones gives his three takeaways after the Kings lose to the Hornets in double overtime: turnovers, lack of second-chance points and perimeter defense troubles.
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The Sacramento Bee's Kings insider Jason Jones gives his three takeaways after the Kings lose to the Hornets in double overtime: turnovers, lack of second-chance points and perimeter defense troubles.

Player of the game: Troy Daniels came off the bench to shoot 8-for-11 from three-point range and finish with a career-high 28 points as the Charlotte Hornets ended the Kings’ season-long five-game winning streak with a 129-128 double-overtime win Monday night at Sleep Train Arena. Daniels drilled the game-winner from 27 feet out with nine seconds to play in the second overtime. That was enough to overcome DeMarcus Cousins who scored a career and Sacramento-era high 56 points before fouling out in the second overtime.

Turning point: When Cousins fouled out, the Kings lost their primary offensive threat. It didn’t help that Rudy Gay (eye) could not finish the game, either.

X-factor: The Kings’ leaky three-point defense was a problem. Charlotte made a franchise-record 20 in 44 attempts. That helped Charlotte overcome a 17-point first-half deficit and the Kings had to rally to force both overtimes.

Records: Kings 20-24, Hornets 22-23

Key injuries: Gay returned to the lineup after missing two games with a left heel contusion. He left the game in the second overtime after being scratched in the left eye by Kemba Walker while attempting a three-point shot.

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