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Kings 87, Raptors 99: Balanced Toronto attack stifles Kings

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The Raptors didn't have any one standout player but managed to win comfortably thanks to a balanced team effort.

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The Kings lost to the Raptors on Friday night in Toronto, splitting the season series with a Raptors team that shares so much in common with Sacramento thanks to a big trade earlier this season.  The Raptors came out strong to start both halves and the Kings were never able to make up enough ground in the other two quarters.

Toronto was led in scoring by sophomore Terrence Ross, who had 18 points including 6-8 from downtown.  The Raptors as a team shot 10-21 from long range with former King Patrick Patterson hitting 3-4 as part of his 15 points.  Five Raptors finished in double digits and two more had at least 8 points.  The Raptors as a team shot 46.6% from the field compared to Sacramento's 41.7%.

DeMarcus Cousins had a game-high 24 points on 8-12 shooting but was limited to just 27 minutes of action due to foul trouble.  Rudy Gay had 15 but on just 5-13 from the field, and Isaiah Thomas and Ben McLemore both had 14 points, but only on a combined 9-24 shooting.

Reggie Evans and Ray McCallum continued their sparkplug play off the bench, with Evans nearly having another double-double with 8 points and 10 rebounds.  He would have had the double-double if he could hit any of his free throws, but he went just 2-10 from the line.  McCallum scored 8 points in 24 minutes but helped set a different tone with his energy on both ends of the court.

The Kings now have a couple days off before they continue their road tip on Sunday in Brooklyn, where they face former teammate Marcus Thornton and the Nets.

For the opposing perspective, visit Raptors HQ.