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Cousins, Gay help Kings beat Toronto 96-91 to end skid at four games

Kings show defensive identity Dave Joerger envisioned for team

The Sacramento Kings showed something to coach Dave Joerger that he has been waiting to see since the beginning of this young season. “We did what we’re hoping to make our identity throughout the course of the year, and that is getting after peopl
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The Sacramento Kings showed something to coach Dave Joerger that he has been waiting to see since the beginning of this young season. “We did what we’re hoping to make our identity throughout the course of the year, and that is getting after peopl

Player of the game: DeMarcus Cousins had 22 points, 14 rebounds, four assists and three blocks as the Kings ended their losing streak at four games with a 96-91 win over the host Toronto Raptors on Sunday at Air Canada Centre. The Kings finished their five-game trip 1-4 by holding the Raptors to season-low 35.7 percent shooting from the field.

Turning point: Sacramento used an 8-0 run to lead 95-88 with 17.8 seconds to play. The Kings had trailed by as many as 11 points during the game.

X-factor: Rudy Gay, returning to the starting lineup after missing a game because of strained rib cartilage, had 23 points and five rebounds. Coach Dave Joerger did not expect him to play.

Injuries: Kings forward Anthony Tolliver (right knee contusion) and Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas (left knee contusion) were out.

Records: Kings 3-5, Raptors 4-2

Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins is happy the Kings got a confidence boost by beating the Toronto Raptors on Sunday in Canada, but now it is time to come home with that confidence, play with the same kind of intensity and string together s

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