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Kings romp as ex-Husky Thomas scores 26 points

Former Huskies star Isaiah Thomas scored 26 points to lead the Kings to their third straight win with this season’s biggest rout, a 124-80 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.


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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — DeMarcus Cousins found himself in an unusual place Sunday night, sitting on the bench the entire fourth quarter. Sacramento’s center liked the feeling of not being needed in a rare lopsided win by the Kings.

Former Huskies star Isaiah Thomas scored 26 points to lead the Kings to their third straight win with this season’s biggest rout, a 124-80 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The 44-point victory margin was the largest in the NBA this season and the third-largest margin in franchise history.

The Kings scored 16 straight points in the third quarter and led by 28 points heading into the fourth. The three-game winning streak is Sacramento’s first since December 2012.

Cousins, an All-Star hopeful, finished with 16 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots in just under 30 minutes.

“It felt weird, sitting out the whole fourth. Unless I fouled out, I don’t think I’ve ever been in that situation,” Cousins said. “It felt good to see some of the guys play a lot of minutes and get out there and have good games. It was a good win all around.”

These are rare times indeed for the Kings. The three-game win streak has been no fluke. Sacramento defeated Portland, then followed with a 20-point victory over Orlando and the victory over Cleveland, their highest point total of the season and easily their most impressive victory.

“This is very fun. Winning cures a lot of things,” Thomas said. “We’re playing hard right now.”

The Kings allowed Orlando to score 83 points, a season low until Cleveland only scored 80.

“Consistency isn’t something we’ve shown defensively, but the last three games I think the defense has been consistent, the effort has been there and the communication has been there,” Kings coach Michael Malone said. “We bought in the last three games and protected our home court. That’s great.”

C.J. Miles had 14 points and Luol Deng added 12 for the Cavaliers.

Notes

Kawhi Leonard scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half and the host San Antonio Spurs held off the Minnesota Timberwolves 104-86 for their fourth straight win. Tim Duncan had 15 points and Tony Parker added 14 points and 10 assists for Western Conference-leading San Antonio.

Mike Conley had 21 points and 13 assists and Zach Randolph added 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead the host Memphis Grizzlies over the Atlanta Hawks 108-101.

• The NBA said an officiating mistake at the end of Saturday’s game between Dallas and New Orleans cost the Pelicans a chance to tie it. Rod Thorn, president of basketball operations, said a foul should have been called on Monta Ellis of the Mavericks as Austin Rivers tried a three-point shot at the last second. The Mavericks won at home 110-107.



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