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Kings struggle defensively, drop fourth straight

Toronto Raptors forward James Johnson (3) goes up for a layup during the second quarter while guarded by Sacramento Kings forward Jason Thompson (34) during the second quarter at a game between the Sacramento Kings and Toronto Raptors on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif.
Toronto Raptors forward James Johnson (3) goes up for a layup during the second quarter while guarded by Sacramento Kings forward Jason Thompson (34) during the second quarter at a game between the Sacramento Kings and Toronto Raptors on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif. aseng@sacbee.com

The Kings’ recent defensive struggles continued as they allowed a season high in points for the second time in three games and lost, 117-109, to the Toronto Raptors Tuesday night at Sleep Train Arena.

The Kings (9-9) have lost four in a row, the last three coming without DeMarcus Cousins (virus). Cousins shot before the game but was unable to play.

Ben McLemore led the Kings with 21 points and Rudy Gay had 20 points and a career-high 10 assists.

Sacramento’s bench scored a season-high 58 points in the loss, led by Derrick Williams’ 18 points.

Kyle Lowry led the Raptors (14-4) with 27 points and 13 assists. Terrence Ross had 20 points and former King James Johnson had 19 points off the bench for Toronto.

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