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Kings’ defense shuts down Cavs in victory

Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, left, and Cleveland forward Kevin Love, center, battle for the ball as Kings forward Jason Thompson, right, looks on during the first quarter in Sacramento, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015.
Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, left, and Cleveland forward Kevin Love, center, battle for the ball as Kings forward Jason Thompson, right, looks on during the first quarter in Sacramento, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015. AP

The Kings used their defense for the second time in three games to come away with a win.

Sacramento held the Cleveland Cavaliers to 42.3 percent shooting and scored 22 points off 14 Cleveland turnovers for a 103-84 win Sunday at Sleep Train Arena.

The Kings committed a season-low five turnovers in the win, including only one in the first half, a season best.

DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings with 26 points, 13 rebounds and a season-high four steals. Rudy Gay had 23 points.

The Cavaliers were without LeBron James and Shawn Marion and fell to 2-9 since losing center Anderson Varejao for the season to a torn Achilles tendon.

Kevin Love had 25 points and 10 rebounds. Kyrie Riving had 21 points and seven assists. Center Timofey Mozgov, acquired last week in a trade with Denver, had 14 points and 12 rebounds.

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