Evans, Cousins spark Kings over Raptors
Sacramento, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Tyreke Evans buried back-to-back three-pointers to spark the Sacramento Kings’ late charge en route to a 107-100 victory over the Toronto Raptors Wednesday at Sleep Train Arena.
The game was tied at 95 with 2:15 left when Evans sank two three-pointers to push the Kings ahead, 101-95.
Jason Thompson then buried an eight-foot jumper and Aaron Brooks split his charities to give the Kings a 104-97 lead with 24 seconds remaining in the game.
Kyle Lowry made a three-pointer to bring the Raptors within 104-100 but Brooks sank a free throw and Evans added with two charities to snap the Kings’ three-game losing streak and lead them to only their fifth win in 17 games.
Evans, who missed the last two games with a bruised knee, finished with 23 points on 7-for-16 shooting while DeMarcus Cousins paced the Kings with 25 points and 13 rebounds.
The Kings also got double-digit production from their starters with Thompson scoring 13, John Salmons 12 and Brooks 11. Thompson also had 10 rebounds for the Kings.
Lowry fired a season-high 35 points from 9-for-20 shooting and a perfect 12-for-12 from the foul line on top of 11 assists for the Raptors, who dropped to their eighth loss in 10 games.
Mikael Pietrus added 21 points, DeMar DeRozan had 14 and Ed Davis scored 13 points and grabbed 11 caroms for the Raptors (4-15).
Andrea Bargnani scored only eight points on 3-for-14 shooting, two days after scoring 23 points in a losing effort against the Denver Nuggets.
Bargnani has been hounded with inconsistency in his last five games. After scoring a season-high 34 points against Detroit Nov. 23, he was limited to just four points on 2-for-19 shooting by the San Antonio Spurs.
He bounced back with 21 points against Houston Nov. 27 but scored just four points against the Phoenix Suns.
After playing a close first quarter, Sacramento grabbed a 26-18 lead at the break but the Raptors outscored them in the third period, 29-23.