The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Sacramento Kings came in on two-game winning streaks that have seen them play better basketball than they have most of the season.
Instead of riding that momentum and playing tough, the Cavaliers were brought back to earth by the Kings, who ran them out of the building 124-80.
Cleveland had managed two straight blowout wins since announcing the trade for Luol Deng, but the team looked like the pre-trade Cavs.
In the two wins, the Cavaliers moved the ball and although they had one dominate scorer in each game, the offense felt more spread out. Kyrie Irving, C.J. Miles, Dion Waiters, Jarrett Jack, and Deng were all sharing the scoring, while also working hard defensively.
They were unable to do anything on either end of the court in this one, especially in the second half.
Miles led the team in scoring with just 14 points and Deng contributed 12 as well. The rest of the scorers left them out to dry.
Irving finished a horrendous night shooting 3-14 with seven points. Waiters was just 1-7 from the field with four points and Jack was 1-6 for just two points.
Meanwhile, Sacramento had five players score double digits, including a game-high 26 from Isaiah Thomas. Thomas also managed six assists and four rebounds.
Rudy Gay finished the night with 20 points, shooting better than 66% from the field. DeMarcus Cousins was a force in the paint with 16 points, 11 rebounds, two blocked shots, and two assists.
The Kings got 13 points a piece from Jimmer Fredette and Derrick Williams, who almost outscored the entire Cleveland bench.
After shooting so well over the last two games, the Cavaliers were held to just 38.8% from the field and 28.2% in the second half. Much of that was on Irving, who was unable to hit shots he normally knocks down. Thomas made him work hard on the defensive end and it may have made him less effective offensively.
The Kings also owned the paint in this one. They outrebounded Cleveland 50-32 and had double the offensive boards. Sacramento outscored the Cavs 46-36 in the paint and in fast break points 17-7.
The Kings led by nine at the halftime interval, but stretched the lead to as big as 46 points.
This is a major letdown for the Cavaliers after the two back-to-back performances they had put together. They next face the struggling Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, as their road trip continues and they attempt to fix what went wrong on Sunday.
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