All five Sacramento Kings starters got the job done on offense Sunday versus the Toronto Raptors and the visiting side got the rare road victory, 104-94.
The Kings, who have been playing great of late winning four of their last five games, were led by 19 points each from Rajon Rondo, who also had 13 assists, and Rudy Gay, who also had 9 rebounds and 3 steals against his former team.
DeMarcus Cousins had 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocked shots while Omri Casspi continued enjoying his starting job with a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds.
The Kings appeared in control entering the final quarter when they built a 78-70 advantage. The cut down the lead to 82-78 in the first few minutes of the fourth but Sacramento responded to hold off the Raptors’ rally and push back the lead to eight, 91-83 halfway into the fourth.
Toronto desperately made a run, cutting down the lead down to four, 94-90 with 4:28 to go but the Kings would respond again courtesy of timely baskets from Cousins, Gay and Casspi.
DeMar DeRozan finished with 28 points but was just 10-of-24 from the field. Patrick Patterson came off the bench to score 18 points and Kyle Lowry struggled from the field (4-of-13 field goals) for 13 points.
The Raptors outrebounded the Kings, 49-42 but shot just 37.2 percent from the field (35-of-94 field goals) and 27.6 percent from three (8-of-29 three-point field goals). Conversely, the Kings had a good shooting night, making 40-of-76 field goals or over 50 percent.
The Kings continue a four-game road trip with games against the Washington Wizards and Indiana Pacers on Monday and Wednesday, respectively. Toronto will try to bounce back Tuesday when they face the visiting Dallas Mavericks.