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Cavs fall in Sacramento for 5th straight loss

Sacramento, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - DeMarcus Cousins had 26 points and 13 rebounds as the Sacramento Kings routed the LeBron James-less Cleveland Cavaliers 103-84 on Sunday.

Rudy Gay netted 23 points and Darren Collison added 16 points and six assists for the Sacramento, which has won three of its last five games.

"We got to find a way to be consistent. Can't come out one night, be good defending and then come out the next night and look like a different team," Cousins said.

James missed his eighth straight game with a sore knee and Cleveland fell to 1-7 in that stretch.

Kevin Love posted 25 points and 10 rebounds, Kyrie Irving supplied 21 points and seven assists and Timofey Mozgov provided 14 points and 12 boards for the Cavaliers, whose fifth consecutive loss dropped them to .500 (19-19) for the first time since Nov. 26 when they were 7-7.

"It wasn't a good performance ... can't sugercoat this," Cavs coach David Blatt said.

After Joe Harris nailed a 3-pointer to get the Cavs within 40-36 near the midway point of the second quarter, the Kings closed the frame on a 19-8 run. Cousins' dunk in the final stages of the opening half staked Sacramento to a 59-44 advantage heading into the locker room.

The Kings led by as many as 25 in the third before taking an 85-64 cushion into the fourth, where they cruised to the easy victory.

Sacramento was up 30-29 following a quarter of play.

Game Notes

The Kings had lost 16 of their last 22 games coming in ... Cleveland fell to 4-10 against the Western Conference, including a 1-6 mark away from home ... Sacramento turned the ball over just five times and tallied 22 points off 14 Cleveland giveaways.