The Sacramento Kings ended their four-game losing streak on Monday night, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 124-118.
The Kings played great basketball for most of the evening, as they led by at least 10 points for most of the game. The Cavs made it a game in the fourth quarter when they road the back of the relatively unknown shooting guard Dion Waiters. Waiters had 33 points and five assists while Kyrie Irving had a unusually quiet night.
DeMarcus Cousins led they way with a big double-double, scoring 26 points, grabbing 14 rebounds, dishing out six assists, getting two steals and blocking three shots.
Thomas Robinson had his best game of his young career with 12 points, seven rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot. Robinson provided the spark off the bench the Kings have been looking for. When Jason Thompson left the game six minutes into the first quarter, Robinson came in and sparked the Kings on both sides of the floor.
Tyreke Evans was back in the starting lineup tonight, and his presence was immediately felt. Evans’ solid defense was a key factor in limiting Kyrie Irving. Evans scored 18 points and grabbed four rebounds.
Marcus Thornton had a great game off a return due to sprained ankle. Thornton scored 20 points and collected two steals, as he was a solid contributer off the bench. Thornton’s play off the bench gave the Kings the advantage as the Kings outscored Clevelands bench 54-50.
Jimmer Fredette continued to show the league that he is a great shooter, and will continue to develop into a very competitive player as he grows. Fredette had 16 points and was a major factor in the fourth quarter, as he and his teammates stopped Cleveland’s attempt at a comeback victory.
The Kings will need to continue to play as a team as they have only one more home game before they leave for a three-game road trip. The Kings play Washington this Wednesday, then face Memphis, Charlotte and New Orleans before returning home to face Phoenix.