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Sacramento

[SACRAMENTO] — The Sacramento Kings played host to the Cleveland Cavaliers last night but couldn't manage to leave much of an impact, failing to keep up with their visiting rivals and eventually succumbing in a 108-120 defeat. The loss bumps Sacramento's record down to 16-23 on the season, while the victory gives Cleveland a 29-10 total on the year. It's not overly surprising that the Kings would end up losing this one consider they did little to establish themselves as dangerous threats. Perhaps the showing can serve as an essential building block for the team in the days to come.

On this night it was DeMarcus Cousins leading the show from a statistical perspective. His 26 points, 8 rebounds, 11 assists, 0 blocks and 1 steals in 38 minutes topped all players in terms of general production. Most importantly, the Cavaliers managed to prevail where it mattered most and will happily add another victory to their season total. So long as Cousins keeps producing at this rate and Cleveland keeps winning ball games, everybody - from fantasy owners to the team coaching and executive staff - will be more than satisfied.

Though Sacramento didn't end up getting it done when it mattered most, Rudy Gay did walk away with the small consolation of an attractive 23 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists. Whether another bright individual performance can help them get the result they want on the scoreboard next time, however, remains to be seen.

Individual performances aside, if there's one area where the Kings can improve, it's on the defensive side of the ball. Though Sacramento wasn't terrible in the ball game, there's no denying that a stricter focus on limiting their opponents could serve them well the next time they collide with a worthy foe.

The loss hurts for the homeside but they'll get their opportunity to regain ground in a pending matchup with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Cavaliers, meanwhile, will set their sights on a run-in with the Golden State Warriors.

Kings Stats

Roster P R A B S M
D. Cousins268110138
R. Gay231024035
T. Lawson17440026
A. Tolliver7600234
D. Collison13140022
M. Barnes8500017
G. Temple5211334
K. Koufos250006
O. Casspi211006
A. Afflalo5000116

Cavaliers Stats

Roster P R A B S M
L. James162151141
K. Love151810031
K. Irving26350134
K. Korver18520225
T. Thompson9402225
I. Shumpert16000226
C. Frye10010319
R. Jefferson8320020
D. Liggins0310013
DetailsSacramentoCleveland
Game No.3939
Score108120
Average102.0109.0
Record16-2329-10
 
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DeMarcus
Cousins

52.5 FP
1.38 FPPM
Rudy
Gay

51.0 FP
1.46 FPPM
LeBron
James

46.5 FP
1.13 FPPM

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