Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Demarcus Cousins and Jason Thompson each recorded double-doubles as the Sacramento Kings held on for a 97-94 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena.
The Kings racked up their third win in four games and improved to 12-20 in the season behind productive number from their two big men.
Cousins continued his double-double ways, posting his fourth straight game with double figure points and rebounds and 15th overall this season.
Thompson also sustained his quality play, racking another double-double to give the Kings a double-edged threat inside.
The Kings had to overcome the 22-point 6-dime numbers from Kyrie Irving and 20-point contribution from rookie Dion Waiters off the bench.
It was a see-saw affair from the get-go with both teams exchanging leads nine times.
After taking 53-52 edge at halftime, the Cavs caught sleeping in the opening minutes of the second half as the Kings unleashed a 19-8 run to build their biggest lead at 10 points.
But the Cavs came back strong, cutting the deficit down to three, 74-71, and setting up a thrilling finish on their home floor.
Unfortunately, poor field goal shooting, turnovers, and shaky late game execution cost the Cavs another win. The Cavs tried to take back the lead down the stretch but the Kings seemed to have the answers.
The Cavs shot just 39 percent from the field and turned the ball over 13 times. The Kings had a better clip at 43.2 percent and had just 10 turnovers.
The Cavs dropped their third straight game and lost 13 of their last 16 games for an awful 7-26 record.