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James registers 62nd career triple double; Carter tallies season-high 24 points in 109-95 loss to Kings; Three takeaways

CLEVELAND – The Kings have the best bench in the NBA, ranking first with 47.8 points per game entering play.

Second-unit scoring proved to be the difference on Wednesday evening.

Vintage Vince Carter scored a season-high 24 points, Sacramento received a whopping 68 points from its bench and Cleveland suffered its first losing streak since late October after a 109-95 defeat at the Golden 1 Center.

LeBron James had 16 points, 10 rebounds, 14 assists and five steals – his 62nd career triple-double – but the Wine and Gold had zero players tally more than one assist, and fell victim to the Kings’ 51.9% shooting percentage from the field, and 40% shooting percentage from beyond the arc.

Here are three takeaways from the middle portion of a three-game road trip…

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John Alfes is a senior at John Carroll University, and hails from Westlake, Ohio. His love and passion for the game of baseball originated in 1998, when he played catch with his father at the age of two. A former collegiate pitcher, Alfes currently serves as a Cleveland Cavaliers reporter for AP Radio/Metro Networks and the Cleveland Indians Beat Writer for CBS Sports/Scout Media Network, all while majoring in Communications (focus in Journalism) and English (focus in Professional Writing). He is the Sports Editor for The Carroll News, Sports Director for WJCU 88.7 FM and Senior Writer for the John Carroll Sports Information Department. John is an Eagle Scout and loves his two younger brothers (Conrad and Daniel) and two parents (John and Celeste). You can follow John Alfes on Twitter (@JohnAlfes) or reach him through email (

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