The Kings fell behind early mostly due to spotty defense, allowing the Cavs to build a five point lead heading into the second quarter. Former King Omri Casspi continued the Cavs assault in the second quarter, scoring 11 of his 14, giving the Cavs a 16 point halftime lead – but the Kings never gave up.
A spirited start to the third thanks mostly in-part to Samuel Dalembert‘s defense and DeMarcus Cousins‘ post game cut the Kings sixteen point deficit to only four starting the fourth quarter. The Kings, lead by Tyreke Evans who went 10 of 11 from the stripe in route to 19 points, continued to abuse the Cavaliers inside, taking a six point lead into the games final minute. A few free throw blemishes made the game more interesting than need be, but the Kings held on and now sit at 1-4 on the season.
Jimmer Fredette had a near perfect game off the bench putting up 13 and 4 in his nineteen minutes, going 3 of 3 from the field, 2 of 2 from the arch and 5 of 5 from the line. Samuel Dalembert added 6 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks off the pine while DeMarcus Cousins continued his early season strong play, despite foul trouble, putting up 18 and 9 in only 26 minutes.
The Kings now leave their comfy confines of PBP for a three game road trip starting Friday in Minnesota.