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January 2, 2013
In-game blog: Kings at Cavs

FINAL
Kings 97, Cavaliers 94

CLEVELAND - The Kings (12-20) won their second road game of the season thanks to a strong showing from DeMarcus Cousins (18 points, 16 rebounds, six assists) and Jason Thompson (19 points, 10 rebounds).

Francisco Garcia had 14 points and Aaron Brooks came off the bench to add 13 points.

The Cavs (7-26) were led by Kyrie Irving (22 points, six assists) and Dion Waiters (20 points).

The Kings led most of the fourth before Irving gave the Cavs a 90-89 lead on two free throws.

Cousins then found John Salmons for the go-ahead three pointer with 52.9 seconds to play and the Kings never trailed again.

THIRD QUARTER
Kings 74, Cavs 71

CLEVELAND - DeMarcus Cousins is up to 18 points and 14 rebounds as the Kings have a slim lead trying to get their second road win of the season. Jason Thompson has 15 points and eight rebounds for Sacramento. The Kings led by as many as 10 points in the quarter.

*The Cavs are shooting just 35.8 percent but are hanging around because they are plus-12 in three pointers over the Kings and plus-3 in free throws.

*Dion Waiters has 16 points for the Cavs. Kyrie Irving and Alonzo Gee each have 14 points.

The Kings are shooting 45.3 percent (29 of 64), but have missed 9 of 10 from three-point range.

HALFTIME
Cavaliers 53, Kings 52

CLEVELAND - The game has remained close throughout the first half. The biggest lead has been five points by the Kings. The game has been tied seven times and there four lead changes.

*DeMarcus Cousins has 11 points and nine rebounds to pace the Kings. Jason Thompson has 10 points.

*The Cavs received a boost from Dion Waiters off the bench. The rookie had 14 points, all in the second quarter.

*The Kings have a 28-14 advantage in points in the paint.

*The Cavs are shooting just 40.5 percent but have made 17 of 19 free throws.

FIRST QUARTER
Kings 28, Cavaliers 25

CLEVELAND - DeMarcus Cousins has exploited the absence of injured Cavs center Anderson Varejao for nine points, six rebounds and two assists to get the Kings off to good start on offense.

The Kings are shooting 50 percent (11 of 22) and have nine assists.

*C.J. Miles has 12 points to lead Cleveland. The Cavs shot 8 of 21 in the first quarter. Miles made four of his eight shots.

*The Kings have outscored the Cavs 16-6 in the paint.

*The Kings attempted one three pointer in the first quarter. The Cavs shot six, making one.



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