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January 11, 2012
In-game blog: Kings defeat Raptors for first road win of the season

Kings 98 Raptors 91

TORONTO - Led by a dominant game from DeMarcus Cousins and the bench play of rookie Isaiah Thomas, the Kings won their first road game of the season.

Cousins scored 21 points to go with a career-high 19 rebounds. Thomas had a season-high 20 points and six assists.

Tyreke Evans added 29 points for the Kings, who have Thursday off before playing at Houston Friday.

The Kings (4-7) are now 2-2 under coach Keith Smart.

The Kings still aren't shooting well (37 percent) but the Raptors weren't much better (43 percent). The Kings made up for that by making 31-of-34 from the free throw line.

Andrea Bargnani did not finish the game for the Raptors because of a strained left calf. Leandro Barbosa led Toronto with 24 points.

Kings 63, Raptors 63

TORONTO - Tyreke Evans is trying to win this game. He has 15 points but he is shooting just 5-of-19. That's one more shot than Jimmer Fredette and DeMarcus Cousins combined.

Cousins has 13 points and 14 rebounds, with both of his field goals in the third coming on putbacks of offensive rebounds.

If assists are your barometer for ball movement, the Kings are doing badly with only eight through three quarters.

Then again, the Kings are shooting just 34.8 percent and you have to make shots to get assists.

Leandro Barbosa has 18 points to lead the Raptors.

Kings 41, Raptors 40

TORONTO - The Kings are still far from efficient on offense. The shootings isn't good (34.8 percent) and the ball movement can be awful at times. But the Kings have 12 points off 10 Toronto turnovers to hold a slim lead.

Tyreke Evans leads the Kings with 10 points. DeMarcus Cousins has eight points, all in the first quarter. After Cousins started off well, he didn't get many looks in the second quarter.

Isaiah Thomas scored eight points off the bench in the second quarter for the Kings.

Leandro Barbosa kept the Raports close with 12 of his 16 points coming in the second quarter.

Kings 23, Raptors 19

TORONTO - The Kings have taken advantage of six turnovers by Toronto to take an early lead. The Kings have nine points of Raptor turnovers, helping them overcome shooting 8-of-23 (34.8 percent).

DeMarcus Cousins has eight points to lead the Kings as all five starters have scored.

Andrea Bargnani leads the Raptors with six points.

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