Sacramento Kings Mulled By Toronto Raptors For Fourth Straight Loss


It was one of those games again where you just knew that this was not going to be the Sacramento Kings night, and as it turned out, it wasn’t the Kings’ night again. Kyle Lowry burned the Kings for 27 points and 13 assist, and Terrance Ross joined him in torturing the Kings from the outside, as the Toronto Raptors mulled the Kings 117-109.

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  • Starting in the first quarter, you knew it wasn’t going to be the Kings night. The Raptors opened up a 21-9 to open the game, and just like that, Toronto controlled the tempo of the game. The Kings would respond with a strong second quarter, led by Ben McLemore, who is showing more consistency in his offensive game.

    The Kings were down by 2, 57-55, at the half.

    But the Raptors opened up the third quarter the same way they did the first, but this time, it was Lowry that was doing the damage, both with his shooting and his passing. The Raptors outscored the Kings 35-28 in the third, and from there on, the Kings were playing catch up.

    McLemore led the Kings with 21 points, and Rudy Gay chipped in 20 points, 10 assist, and six rebounds, as the Kings were playing their third straight game without DeMarcus Cousins, who is battling illness. With the loss to the Raptors, the Kings dropped their fourth straight game, and their second straight to open up a five game homestand.

    The Kings can only hope that Cousins is healthy enough to go on Friday, as the Kings look loss on offense and defense without their star big man. It would help the Kings a lot if Derrick Williams got more playing time. When it seemed like the Raptors were going to run away with the game, Williams stepped up and providing the Kings with some much needed energy, scoring 18 points off the bench.

    The Sacramento Kings next game is this Friday at home against the Indiana Pacers.