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Recap: Cavaliers Squander 14-Point Halftime Advantage, Fall To Kings 107-104 In Brutal Loss

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – Tyreke Evans scored 21 points, pulled down seven rebounds and had six assists in Sacramento’s 107-104 win over the Cavaliers.

Omri Casspi added 20 points, going 6-of-7 from beyond the arc. Beno Udrih chipped in 12 points and 11 assists, as the Kings broke an eight-game skid against the Cavs. Carl Landry scored 17 and DeMarcus Cousins ended with 14 points and 10 boards for the Kings, who concluded 2-1 on a season-opening road trip This was their first win over the Cavs since March 1, 2006 in Cleveland.

Ramon Sessions had 21 points and Daniel Gibson scored 20 in defeat.

Jawad Williams made 1-of-2 foul shots for the Cavs with 4.4 seconds left, making it a two-point game.

Cousins was able to sink a free throw with two seconds left, but Gibson’s half-court shot was well off the mark.

The Cavaliers, who blew a 16-point second-quarter lead and nearly rallied from a 11-point deficit in the fourth, were without guard Mo Williams (groin).

The Kings embarked on an 11-1 run in the fourth quarter, widening the lead to 105-94 following a Cousins jam with 5:23 left. The Cavs were able to claw back in it, but were hurt by going 8-of-22 from the field in the last quarter.

The game was tied at 34 after one quarter, but Cleveland pushed to a 59-43 lead in the second, a period in which the Cavs shot 12-of-17 from the field. They held a 67-53 cushion at the break.

Casspi’s dunk finished a 10-2 spurt for the Kings, pulling the visitors within 75-73 midway through the third.

The Kings are the only NBA team to open the season with three straight road contests. Sacramento has its home opener on November 1 vs, Toronto; only Washington has its later – November 2…J.J. Hickson had 15 points, Williams 13 and Anthony Parker 12 for the Cavs…Cleveland’s Anderson Varejao, who missed Friday’s loss at Toronto because his father underwent heart surgery, returned to the lineup and scored eight points and pulled down nine rebounds.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.