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By Charlie O. Mallonee
The Kings committed 17 turnovers and recorded 14 assists versus the Raptors on Friday night. A NBA team cannot win a game posting those types of numbers. The Kings did not win. Toronto downed Sacramento 99-87.
Kings Head Coach Michael Malone said after the game, “I thought we were awful tonight.”
The Kings were in Toronto to play the second game of seven game road trip. The game marked Rudy Gay’s first return to Toronto since being traded by the Raptors to Sacramento. Most fans expected a big game from Gay.
Gay did not have a spectacular game. He scored 15 points but it took 13 shots to score those points. Gay had five rebounds, 1 assist, three steals and two turnovers for the game. It was a subpar performance for the former Raptor.
The Kings did not have a good night shooting. They shot 41.7% (30/72) overall and just 26.3% (5/19) from beyond the three point arc. Sacramento could not help themselves from the free throw line as they shot a dismal 59.5% (22/37) from the stripe.
The Kings’ bench was not a big help as they were outscored 31-18 by the Raptors.
DeMarcus Cousins led all scorers in the game with 24 points on just 12 shots. He recorded seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and five turnovers.
Isaiah Thomas and Ben McLemore scored 14 points each, but both guards shot under 40% for the game. Ray McCallum scored eight points in 24 minutes of playing time.
Terrance Ross led the scoring for the Raptors with 18 points. DeMar DeRozan and Patrick Patterson scored 15 points apiece. Jonas Valanciunas added 14 points for Toronto.
There was not a double-double recorded by either team in the game.
The Kings’ season record fell to 22-40 with the loss. The playoff bound Raptors improved to 34-26 with the win.
The Kings move on to Brooklyn where they will play the Nets on Sunday afternoon. The game is scheduled to get underway at 3:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time.