Instant Replay: Kings dethrone LeBron, serve Cavs OT loss in Cleveland

Instant Replay: Kings dethrone LeBron, serve Cavs OT loss in Cleveland


Compete. That is exactly what the Sacramento Kings did Wednesday night when they faced off with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Kings competed for 48 minutes -- and then another five minutes of overtime -- to shock the champs by a final of 116-112 on their home floor. 

DeMarcus Cousins struggled to find his shooting stroke all night, but his teammates kept the Kings in the game. Cousins finished one helper shy of a triple-double, scoring 28 points on 10-for-30 shooting and adding nine assists and 11 rebounds. 

With Rudy Gay sidelined, the Kings need someone to step up and score points. Against the Cavs, it was point guard Darren Collison. The veteran dropped in 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting.

Malachi Richardson showed no fear in his 14 minutes of action. The rookie shooting guard went at veteran Kyle Korver, hitting the Cavs for 12 points on 5-for-6 shooting. He’s earning more minutes every time he steps on the floor. 

Garrett Temple came out aggressive early, scoring 10 points in the first quarter. He finished the night with 12 points on 4-for-9 shooting and chipped in four steals.

Arron Afflalo hit 5-of-8 from the floor for 14 points, including a huge 3-pointer in the overtime session that gave the Kings the lead. Willie Cauley-Stein played big minutes, scoring eight points and grabbing 10 rebounds while energizing the defense.  

LeBron James looked lost in the first half, but he woke up after the intermission to score 10 of his 24 points in the third. He added 13 rebounds and 11 assists for a bigtime triple-double.

Iman Shumpert hurt the Kings all night long. Known more for his defense, the Cavs starting shooting guard punished Sacramento from the perimeter, scoring 16 points on 6-for-9 shooting. 

It seems like a pretty simple concept: Don’t leave Kyle Korver open. But with all eyes on the Cavs' stars, Korver always seems to catch someone napping. Wednesday against the Kings, the sharpshooter hit 4-for-7 from long range on his way to 12 points.

Kevin Love chipped in 22 points and 16 rebounds and Kyrie Irving added 20 points and six assists. 

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Afflalo for the win. The veteran shooting guard hit the shot of the season for the Kings in overtime.  


With 12.4 seconds remaining, Irving bricked the second of two free throws to leave the door ajar for Sacramento. On the ensuing play, Collison found Cousins, who took the Cavs off the dribble to tie the game at 104-104 and send it to overtime.

In the extra session, Love hit one of two free throws to tie the game at 112 with 23 seconds remaining. Affalo drilled a triple on the other end of the floor to give the Kings a 3-point lead. And Cousins iced the game at the line with 5.3 seconds remaining to give the Kings a monster win.


Omri Casspi continues to sit with right plantaris tendon strain. Rudy Gay underwent surgery on his left Achilles on Monday and is out for the season. 


The Kings continue their season-long eight-game road trip Friday night in Indiana against the Pacers. They fly to Charlotte following the game where the will play the Hornets on the second night of a back-to-back.

Vince Carter 'very humbled' to pass Patrick Ewing on all-time scoring list

Vince Carter 'very humbled' to pass Patrick Ewing on all-time scoring list

SACRAMENTO -- Half man, half amazing. Vincanity. Air-Canada. V.C.

Vince Carter has plenty of nicknames on his bio. He also has plenty of achievements over his long NBA career. On Monday night in Sacramento, he added a new one.  

With his seven point performance in the Kings’ 106-90 loss to the Detroit Pistons, the 41-year-old forward surpassed a former teammate on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

“It means a lot, because in my days in Orlando, I played with Pat Ewing and know him very well,” Carter said following the game.

Carter came into the night needing five points to tie Ewing’s 24,815 mark for 22nd place on the all-time scoring list.

In the early second quarter, Carter stole a pass from Andre Drummond at the top of the key  and flew down for a breakaway jam to move within three points of Ewing.

“It’s fun for everyone, just to show I can still do it,” Carter said of the dunk. “I think I’ve proven I can, but it’s still fun. I told James Ennis on the way, I said, ‘stay back, don’t foul me.’”

Ennis likely couldn’t have caught Carter either way, but the slam got the Kings crowd going.

At the 4:12 mark of the second, Carter drilled a 12-footer to move within one point of Ewing and with 29.5 seconds remaining in the third, Carter knocked down a 26-foot 3-pointer that rattled around and tried to spin out.

That was the last bucket of the evening for Carter, giving him 24,817 for his 20-year career. He now sits alone in 22nd place, two points ahead of the former New York Knicks star center.

“That’s crazy,” 20-year-old De’Aaron Fox said. “That’s a lot of buckets. Top-25, that’s huge - a lot of guys won’t get close to that.”

Carter now sits just 375 points behind legendary Laker, Jerry West for 21st place and 462 shy of Reggie Miller for a spot in the top 20.

“When you talk about (being) in the top 25 in scoring all-time, you just look at the list of the greats and elite players and the best of the best that still play, and to be in that group, I’m very humbled and thankful for it,” Carter told the media scrum surrounding his locker.

Carter was away from the team over the weekend dealing with a death in the family. He returned to Sacramento to play on Monday, but did so with a heavy heart.

For most of his life, the basketball court has been his place to escape. After two decades as a pro, it still has that effect.

“I just still love it, it’s been great to me, it gives me an opportunity to be around the younger generation and still be around the game I love and accomplish things like this,” Carter said.

He’s played sparingly for Sacramento this season, but his impact on the bench, in practice and behind the scenes as a leader and mentor to the young Kings has been immeasurable.

Carter hasn’t committed to retiring following the season. He will weigh his options, but there is a possibly he will look for one last run at an NBA championship.

Carter passes Ewing on all-time scoring list


Carter passes Ewing on all-time scoring list

SACRAMENTO -- Moving on up. Vince Carter came into Monday evening’s matchup against the Detroit Pistons needing just five points to surpass Patrick Ewing for 22nd place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. He got that and a little more.

Carter, 41, picked off a Pistons pass in the second quarter and hammered down a breakaway dunk to score his first two points of the evening. He knocked down a jumper in the lane before halftime to get within one point of Ewing and then moved ahead of the 7-footer with a 3-pointer in the third quarter.

The 20-year NBA veteran now sits at 24,817 points. He is 375 points behind the great Jerry West’s 25,192, who currently sits in 21st place on the all-time list.