The Sacramento Kings last night scored the second fewest points in the NBA since the advent of the 24-second clock, embarrassed by the Hornets 101-59 in Charlotte, N.C.
"I really wanted us to get to 60," Coach Dick Motta lamented. "That's why I called a late timeout. I told them to get to 60. We couldn't even do that."
Only the Milwaukee Hawks scored fewer points, in a 62-57 loss to Boston in Providence, R.I., on Feb. 27, 1955, the first year the shot clock was used.
The Kings' previous franchise low was 69 points against Detroit on Jan. 10, 1959, when the team was known as the Cincinnati Royals. Sacramento also set a franchise low for the first half with 27 points. It was the fourth straight loss for the Kings and their 12th consecutive on the road, where they are 1-16 this season.
Said Motta: "What went wrong? Shooting, passing, dribbling. It was all ugly."
That about summed up the game.
The Kings shot 29.7 percent, had two 12-point quarters and went the first 9:16 of the fourth quarter before scoring a basket -- they finished the period with three. Sacramento's 22 field goals are the fourth least in NBA history. (The NBA does not recognize records set before the shot clock was instituted.)
After Wayman Tisdale pulled the Kings to 8-6 on a short jumper, Sacramento went scoreless for 7:27. It couldn't score until the Hornets were called for a technical foul, and Travis Mays hit the free throw.
At that same time, Tisdale, the team's leading scorer, strained a ligament in his right foot and did not return.
Sacramento, which has scored only 225 points in its last three games, was led by Antoine Carr with 21 points and 11 rebounds.
Johnny Newman scored 29 points to pace the Hornets, who had lost 14 of their previous 16 games.
"Since I have been here we have not had a game like this," Charlotte Coach Gene Littles said. "Our bench just kept scoring and Sacramento got frustrated."
"I just wanted the floor to open up so we could just disappear," Motta said.