The Sacramento Kings pulled off the surprise road victory over the Toronto Raptors, 96-91 on Sunday to get their third win of the season. The duo of DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay continued to lead the team in scoring this season and they played big against the Raptors.
Gay top-scored with 23 points for his team and Cousins had a double-double of 22 points and 14 rebounds plus 3 shot blocks. The Kings also got good contributions from Kosta Koufus (13 points and 6 rebounds) and Aaron Afflalo (12 points and 5 rebounds). Off the bench, Matt Barnes added 8 points and 10 rebounds.
DeRozan struggles for the first time this season
This was a disappointing loss for the home team as the Raptors shot just 35.7% from the field. Star forward DeMar DeRozan had 23 points but missed 13-of-20 shots. The 27-year-old All-Star scored 32 points or more in the first five games of the season but had his first bad shooting night this year.
The loss also snapped a three-game winning streak for Toronto. The Raptors are missing some key players (Jared Sullinger) and their record drops to 4-2 after this loss.
Gay, Cousins big for Kings
The Kings have mostly played their season on the road so far and improved to 2-4 away from home. Overall, they are at 3-5 and the win over the Raptors snapped a four-game losing streak.
The Raptors led 50-44 at the halftime break but the Kings made a run in the third quarter. Sacramento took the lead, 68-66 before the fourth. This was a close game in the final quarter with the Raptors having the 88-87 advantage with 3:24 to go in the game.
However, the Kings made an 8-0 run at crunchtime and they stole the road victory in Toronto.
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