The Sacramento Kings fell short in a close, but disappointing 109-99 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers Tuesday night at Quicken Loans Arena.
Though scoring was balanced for the duration of the first half, Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving ignited a seven-point scoring run with a 3-pointer that gave the Cavs a 14-point edge on Sacramento. Irving, who was 3-of-14 with seven points in the first meeting between the teams last month, had 13 points and six assists.
Anthony Bennett, who contributed 19 points and 10 rebounds, helped to seal it shut with a fatal 3-pointer with 4:40 left in the game.
The game wrapped up with a final score of 109-99, leaving the Kings with their third loss on their current four-game road trip.
Though the results were not ideal, Sacramento can end on at least a few positives. DeMarcus Cousins, capitalizing on a mismatch with Tyler Zeller, scored 21 points, Isaiah Thomas contributed 16, while Rudy Gay added 14. The Kings came as close as seven points before eventually falling by the wayside to Cleveland.
In his post-game statements Cousins commented, “The effort wasn’t there,” Cousins said. “It was just bad overall. I don’t really have an answer, but whatever it is, it needs to be fixed. After the All-Star break, we’ll start fresh, which is what we need right now.”
The Kings road trip ends Wednesday in New York.