Vintage Vince Carter carries Kings to huge blowout win over Cavaliers
The Cleveland Cavaliers toyed with the Sacramento Kings and got bit.
After looking lethargic against the Clippers Monday night at Staples Center, the Kings were a completely different team Tuesday night at Golden 1 Center.
Riding huge bench performances from Vince Carter, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Willie Cauley-Stein, Sacramento shocked the Cavs for a 109-95 win in front of a sellout home crowd.
LeBron James dropped in a triple-double and Kevin Love added 23 points on 7-of-12 shooting, but it was all Kings down the stretch.
STANDOUT PERFORMER I
40-year-old Vince Carter came to play. In his 20th season in the NBA, the 10-time All-Star scored a season-high 24 points on 10-of-12 shooting while defending LeBron James for stretches.
He may not be the high flyer he once was, but the future Hall of Famer still has some game left in him. He left the game to a standing ovation with just over 20 seconds remaining in the game.
STANDOUT PERFORMER II
Bogdan Bogdanovic went crazy. The rookie out of Serbia attacked the Cavs from the moment he stepped on the floor.
He hit 6-for-9 from the field for 17 points for Sacramento and added eight assists and four steals in the win. The 25-year-old is adapting to the NBA, scoring in double-figures in six of his last nine games and playing aggressive team defense.
STANDOUT PERFORMER III
With Carter and Bogdanovic putting on a show, Willie Cauley-Stein went to work down low.
The third-year big filled up the stat sheet with 17 points, nine rebounds, four assists and a steal. He was active from the moment he stepped on the floor.
After taking a 62-55 lead into the intermission, the Kings tumbled out of the gate in the third quarter. Dave Joerger quickly turned back to Bogdanovic and Cauley-Stein off the bench Sacramento responded with a huge finish.
De’Aaron Fox is sidelined for the next two weeks with a slight tear of the right quadricep muscle. Harry Giles is out until January at the earliest due to bilateral knee rehab.
The Kings play the next five games at Golden 1 Center beginning Friday against the Phoenix Suns. They’ll face the Memphis Grizzlies on New Year's Eve followed by the Hornets, Nuggets, and Spurs.