John Salmons Snaps Out Of Scoring Slump In Huge Win For Sacramento Kings

By John Raffel
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It might have been their second-to-last home game in California when the Sacramento Kings defeated the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night.

Since the Kings might be moving to Seattle in the offseason, Sacramento fans may have just one more chance to watch their hometown favorites. But, the 121-110 win over New Orleans was certainly one they won’t forget about for a long time.

What made the win very special for Kings fans was seeing John Salmons shoot as well as he has in a long time. It’s been an up-and-down year for Salmons, especially recently, and he decided to have an excellent game at the right time.

Salmons was 7-of-10 and wound up with 22 points. Prior to this game, he had scored a combined five points in his previous three contests. He didn’t score a point in 39 minutes of action against the Houston Rockets. That’s why Kings coaches had to be relieved to see Salmons play the way he did against New Orleans.

For the season, Salmons, an 11-year NBA veteran, is averaging 9.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. He’s been averaging near his career totals so it’s been a typical year in some respects. He’s averaging 30.2 minutes, 9.1 points, 3.0 assists and 2.7 rebounds a game. His shooting has been okay, but is declining in some respects. He’s at 40.1 percent in field goals and  77.1 percent in free throws.

It wouldn’t be a bad idea for Salmons to finish out the season with another huge game. The fans would love it and remember it for a long time.

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