NBA Game Summary - Toronto at Sacramento
(Monday, November 1st)
Final Score: Sacramento 111, Toronto 108
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) - Reigning Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans scored 23 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out five assists, as the Sacramento Kings rallied past the Toronto Raptors, 111-108, in their home opener from ARCO Arena.
Beno Udrih and DeMarcus Cousins added 17 and 16 points, respectively, for the Kings, who are off to a 3-1 start. Omri Casspi finished with 14 points, while Samuel Dalembert pulled down 14 rebounds for the victors.
"We got a will to win when it's crunch time. But we need to come out with better energy," Cousins said.
Andrea Bargnani tallied 28 points for the Raptors, who have lost two of their first three games. DeMar DeRozan and Linas Kleiza chipped in with 24 and 18 points, respectively, for Toronto, which was outscored by a 33-22 margin in the final period.
Trailing by 14, 83-69, the Kings bridged the third and fourth quarters with a 14-3 run. Luther Head capped the spurt with a three-pointer, which cut the deficit to 86-83 with under 11 minutes to play.
Amir Johnson's tip-in with over 7 1/2 minutes remaining gave Toronto a 93-88 lead. Sacramento scored eight of the next 10 points to take the lead on Casspi's shot from beyond the arc, but Kleiza's three-pointer put the Raptors back in front by two, 98-96, with 5 1/2 minutes left.
The Kings responded with an 11-1 flurry to take the lead for good. Cousins had six points during the spurt, which Casspi ended with a three-pointer for a 107-99 lead with 1:46 remaining.
DeRozan's jumper and two free throws cut the gap to four, 107-103, with 1:20 to play. After Cousins made a jumper, Bargnani made a shot from beyond the arc to get the Raptors within three, 109-106, with 50.3 seconds to go.
Following a Carl Landry missed jumper, DeRozan made it a one-point game with a slam. Udrih made a pair of free throws to give the Kings a 111-108 edge with 12.2 ticks left.
Kleiza and Leandro Barbosa missed layups as time expired.
"Cousins did a great job of getting them second chances and being a beast inside and that hurt us," Toronto head coach Jay Triano said.
Toronto closed out the first quarter on a 19-6 run to take a 33-16 lead. Sacramento outscored the Raptors by a 35-29 margin in the second stanza to make it a 62-51 game at the half.
Sonny Weems' tip-in gave Toronto an 83-69 lead late in the third quarter.
The Raptors and Kings split the home-and-home series a year ago, with both teams holding serve as the host. Toronto has won five of the last eight meetings between the clubs, but is 1-12 in the past 13 trips to ARCO Arena...Sacramento went 18-23 as the host in 2009-10.
11/02 03:12:56 ET