Player of the game: Cleveland power forward Kevin Love scored 16 of his game-high 23 points in the first quarter to lead the Cavaliers to a 101-90 win over the Kings. Sacramento has lost a season-high eight games in a row. Cleveland has won nine straight.
Turning point: The Cavs closed the first quarter on a 14-4 run to take a 30-20 lead. The Kings never got any closer than nine the rest of the game
Key stat: The Kings shot 35.7 percent, including 5 of 17 from DeMarcus Cousins and 6 of 16 from Rudy Gay.
X-factor: J.R. Smith made four three pointers and finished with 16 points for the Cavs.
Injury update: Cleveland star LeBron James (wrist) returned to the lineup Friday and had 19 points and seven assists.
Up next: The Kings (16-29) play at Indiana on Saturday.