Sabonis scores 21 points, Kings beat Mitchell, Cavs 127-120

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Domantas Sabonis scored 21 points and the Sacramento Kings overcame another great performance from Donovan Mitchell to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 127-120 on Wednesday night.

Mitchell scored 38 points on 16 of 28 shooting as the Cavaliers lost their second in a row after an eight-game winning streak. He started the game averaging 31.2 points per game this season.

“Different nights are different things,” Mitchell said.

Harrison Barnes had a season-high 19 points for Sacramento. He had no points in the Kings’ loss to Golden State on Monday.

“I have confidence in myself,” Barnes said. “I’ve had my share of ups and downs…although some nights were good, some weren’t. I don’t think that changed my mindset.

De’Aaron Fox added 15 points and eight assists for the Kings. He was substituted with 8:44 left in the fourth quarter but returned for the final two minutes.

Trey Lyles had 16 points, including four 3-pointers, off the Sacramento bench. Malik Monk added 14 points.

Keegan Murray also had 14 points. The 22-year-old Iowa rookie hadn’t scored in double figures in the Kings’ last three games.

Mitchell also had five rebounds and four assists.

Caris LeVert had 21 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Jarrett Allen had 20 points and seven rebounds for Cleveland.

“A lot of it is communication,” LeVert said, “Tonight was (spent) a lot of transition. Sacramento is a fast team.

The Kings never trailed and led by no less than 15 until Cleveland took its first lead with 9:13 left in the fourth on a Kevin Love field goal. He had nine points and eight rebounds.

“We ran the same play at least 15 times,” Kings coach Mike Brown said. .”

Cavaliers guard Darius Garland had six points, his second-lowest performance since scoring four points in a season-opening loss to Toronto.

“He had a tough night,” Cavaliers coach JB Bickerstaff said. “We all know what Darius is capable of…shots weren’t going for him. He was struggling to try to understand.


Brown worked under Bickerstaff’s father, Bernie, as a video coordinator.

“It’s great (he’s a head coach) because I’ve known Mike since I was 13,” Bickerstaff said. “He worked for my dad as a video coordinator when I was growing up. There’s no better person than Mike Brown. You don’t find people (like that) in our company.


Cavaliers: LeVert received a technical foul with 3:26 left in the second quarter. … Mitchell has scored 30 or more points in eight of 10 games. … Cleveland had 64 points in the paint. Sacramento only had 40.

Kings: Luke Walton returned to Sacramento for the first time as Cavaliers assistant coach. Walton coached the Kings for two full seasons before being fired after 17 games last season. … Sacramento ranked 29th in the NBA in free throw percentage on Wednesday. They shot 30 of 35.


Cavaliers: In San Francisco to face the Warriors on Friday.

Kings: Head to Los Angeles to face the Lakers on Friday.


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