Reporting Matt Loede
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Byron Scott decided to shake things up with the Cavaliers starting lineup Wednesday night vs Sacramento, but even that wasn’t enough to garner a win.
The Kings, winners of just one game on the road all season, topped the Cavs 97-95 to drop the Cavaliers to 7-26 on the year.
The only other win the Kings had on the road this season was in Portland, but were more than happy to add the Cavs to that list.
Sacramento scored on their last four possessions, taking a page from the Atlanta Hawks book Friday night, who came down the stretch to score a win in Cleveland.
DeMarcus Cousins dominated the Cavs, as the Kings big man helped the Kings to 52 points to just 36 for the Cavs. Cousins had 18 points and 16 rebounds.
Jason Thompson led the Kings with 19 points, shooting 8-for-16 from the field.
The Cavs played shorthanded yet again on Wednesday, as both Andy Varejao (knee) and Daniel Gibson (concussion) were not able to take the floor.
The lineup change saw Scott decide to go with C.J. Miles, who had been hot as of late, in the starting spot usually occupied by rookie Dion Waiters.
Miles responded to the start with a strong first 12 minutes, going for 12 points, but didn’t score a point the rest of the way.
Waiters, who was reported to be not so happy about having to start the game on the bench watching, came out strong, and wound up the night with 20 points on 8-for-19 shooting.
The Cavs as a team continued to have issues getting the ball in the basket, as they shot just 39 percent, 34-for-87 from the field.
They were even worse from three-point range, hitting just 5-for-21 on the night.
Kyrie Irving, who nearly hit a half-court shot at the buzzer, led the Cavs with 22 points on 8-for-18 shooting.
Alonzo Gee had 16 points, while Tristan Thompson added 9 in the losing effort for the Cavs.
The Cavs committed six of their 12 turnovers in the fourth quarter, taking a one-point lead in that fourth quarter and squandering it away.
The Cavaliers are in action on Friday night as they head to Charlotte to take on the Bobcats.