Turnovers hurt 'careless' Kings in Hornets beatdown at home.

The Kings started their four-game homestand poorly on Tuesday, losing 111-104 to the Charlotte Hornets at Golden 1 Center.

The Kings wanted to carry their New Year's Eve win over the Memphis Grizzlies into 2024 as Charlotte came into Sacramento on an 11-game losing skid. Sacramento had 20 turnovers, 11 of which came from standout center Domantas Sabonis.

"I mean, honestly, I just think we gave the ball away," Kings point guard De'Aaron Fox told reporters. "I don't think they just turned the ball over. We were very reckless with the ball all night.

As a team, we were careless and sometimes got too deep, but we can control that. Six or eight hands will surround you if you advance far in this league. They collapsed well, but it starts with us.

Even without four starters The Hornets won their eighth game of the 2023-24 NBA season Tuesday after taking advantage of the Kings' poor play in the fourth quarter. Teammate Fox scored 30 points, and Sabonis extended his double-double streak to 15 games with 20 points and 19 rebounds

But it wasn't enough to overcome Charlotte's 17 points on Sacramento mistakes or Hornets guard Terry Rozier's 14 fourth-quarter points to give him 34 on the night in his comeback from illness. After the defeat, Kings coach Mike Brown told reporters his squad was sloppy against the Hornets.

Our execution down the stretch and urgency on both sides of the ball were alarming. It was bad, Brown remarked. “... Being out there and part of our half-court defensive without awareness or urgency was not ideal. I didn't have our players ready, therefore I'm involved.

The Sacramento Kings are 19-13 and 5th in the Western Conference. Following Tuesday's performance, the Kings have the 11th-fewest turnovers per game in the NBA at 12.5. Fox understands the Kings must move on from Tuesday's setback during their homestand.

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