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…