The game was marred by an injury to Gerald Wallace, Charlotte's leading scorer, who had to be taken from the court on a stretcher during the third quarter. The initial diagnosis was that Wallace suffered a concussion.
He was struck in the left cheek by the left elbow of Sacramento center Mikki Moore.
Sacramento won its third straight in a game that was close throughout. A jumper by Artest gave the Kings a 116-114 lead. Charlotte's Raymond Felton went to the line with seven seconds left, but he could hit only one of two.
The Kings' Shareef Abdur-Rahim turned the ball over with three seconds to go, giving Charlotte a chance to pull out the victory. But a jumper by Felton, closely guarded by Anthony Johnson, came up short as time expired.