Wallace keyed the decisive third quarter when the Bobcats pulled away by outscoring Sacramento 34-13. Scoring on several uncontested baskets inside against the Kings' uninspired defense, Wallace had 19 points to help Charlotte take a 90-67 lead into the fourth.
Kings rookie guard Tyreke Evans, who bruised his left hip and only played seven minutes in the second half, had four points, one more than his season-low against Memphis. Evans had 34 points in a Jan. 18 game in Charlotte.
With the Bobcats struggling on offense in the fourth quarter, the Kings mounted a comeback. Martin made a difficult driving layup and followed with a steal and a dunk, pulling the Kings to within 100-96.
But Raymond Felton quickly scored at the other end for Charlotte and Wallace added a late free throw to secure the victory.
Drafted by the Kings in 2001, Wallace rarely left the bench in three seasons with Sacramento. He was picked in the expansion draft by Charlotte in 2004 and has thrived in his eighth season, becoming the first player in Bobcats history to make the All-Star game.
On Saturday, Wallace made his first eight shots and ignited the Bobcats in the third quarter. Wallace finished on two alley-oops late in the quarter, the second one giving Charlotte an 83-59 lad with 2:54 remaining.
Wallace made all six shots and scored 14 points in the opening half when the Bobcats led 56-54. Martin had 21 points for the Kings, who were outscored 27-21 in the second quarter.
Notes: Annie Wersching from the hit show "24," attended the game. ... The Kings have lost seven of their past 10 home games.
Source: AP News