Player of the game: LeBron James registered his first triple double of the season – 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists – and sat out the fourth quarter as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the reeling Kings 120-100 Monday night at Quicken Loans Arena. The Kings have lost four in a row and eight of nine.
Turning point: The Cavaliers took command in the second quarter, shooting 54.5 percent and going ahead by 18 before settling for a 61-45 halftime lead.
X-factor: Cleveland’s starting backcourt of Kyrie Irving (32 points, 12 assists) and J.R. Smith (22 points) dominated Sacramento’s Rajon Rondo (seven points, eight rebounds, 16 assists) and Marco Belinelli (eight points).
Records: Kings 21-31, Cavaliers 37-14
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Key injury: Kings guard Ben McLemore missed his second consecutive game because of a sprained right wrist.