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Kings make it eight losses in a row, Cavs win 101-90

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) shoots over the Kings’ Derrick Williams (13) and Darren Collison (7) in the first quarter Friday. Love scored 16 of his game-high 23 points in the first period.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) shoots over the Kings’ Derrick Williams (13) and Darren Collison (7) in the first quarter Friday. Love scored 16 of his game-high 23 points in the first period. The Associated Press

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.

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