NBA: Sacramento 116, Charlotte 115 (OT)

Feb. 22, 2008 at 11:07 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Ron Artest put Sacramento in front with 19 seconds remaining in overtime Friday and the Kings held on to defeat Charlotte 116-115.

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.

Francisco Garcia led Sacramento with 23 points and Jason Richardson had 29 for Charlotte.

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