The Toronto Raptors came out like a team that had a nice four-day break. The Sacramento Kings played like a team digging in for a long road trip.
Sacramento (22-40) made their first visit to the Air Canada Centre since acquiring Rudy Gay in a seven-player trade on Dec. 9, but the Raptors (34-26), who hadn’t played since beating Golden State on Sunday, ran out to a 10-point first quarter lead and led by as much as 23 points en route to a 99-87 victory Friday.
The Kings fall to 1-1 on their current seven-game road trip, which began with a win at Milwaukee on Wednesday.
Sacramento never led after taking a 4-3 edge less than two minutes into the game. The Raptors led by as many as 13 points in the second quarter before the Kings made a bit of a rally to get to within 51-44 at the half.
But Toronto’s Terrence Ross banged home a 3-pointer to open the second half and the Kings only got the margin inside double digits once afterward.
Ross had 18 points to lead the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors, who are 27-14 since the trade. DeMar DeRozan and former King Patrick Patterson had 15 points each, Jonas Valanciunas scored 14 points and Kyle Lowry finished with 12 points and seven assists. Amir Johnson had nine rebounds for Toronto.
DeMarcus Cousins had 24 points, Gay had 15 points on 5-of-13 shooting to go with three steals and Ben McLemore and Isaiah Thomas scored 14 points apiece. Thomas added five assists. Reggie Evans grabbed 10 rebounds.
As far as the other players Sacramento dealt in December, John Salmons scored eight points in 24 minutes, Greivis Vazquez was just 1-for-5 and scored four points in 18 minutes and Chuck Hayes posted four rebounds in his 11 minutes of work.
Sacramento was 30-for-72 (41.7 percent) overall, 5-for-19 (26.3 percent) from 3-point range and 22-for-37 (59.5 percent) from the foul line (Evans was 2-for-10). Toronto was 34-for-73 (46.6 percent), 10-for-21 (47.6 percent) and 21-for-28 (75 percent).
The Kings outrebounded the Raptors 39-37 and had a 42-28 advantage scoring in the paint. Points off turnovers were relatively even; Sacramento scored 16 points off 14 Toronto turnovers while the Raptors scored 15 off 17 Kings miscues.
Sacramento visits the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center on Sunday at 3 p.m. Pacific.
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