On Wednesday night, Vince Carter made a season-high with 24 points, and the Sacramento Kings passed the Cleveland Cavaliers a second straight loss of theirs with a victory of 109-95. It was cause of a rib injury and also due to coach’s decision Carter had missed the earlier three games. The former 40-year old Dunk King brought Cleveland all types of troubles in his return, shooting within only 30 minutes a ten of twelve.
On Christmas Eve at the Golden State, Cleveland was coming off a loss of 99-92, ceasing the 26-game streak of Cavalier with 100 points or even more. It’s since a four-game slide from 25th Oct till Nov. 1st Cleveland had not dropped any continuous games. Willie Cauley-Stein had 9 rebounds and 17 points for the Sacramento, and bogdan Bogdanovic included eight assists and 16 points, Zach Randolph had seven boards and 14 points. LeBron James had 14 assists and 10 rebounds for the Cave along with 16 points, and 23 points was scored by Kevin Love.
James viewed the transition defense of the team as the main and first reason for its loss to Golden State. This time it was big night and an irregular offense by Carter that did in the ruling Eastern Conference champions.
Carter score a 3-pointer buzzer-beating to give Sacramento a lead of 85-80 heading into the fourth-quarter. He then hitched again from a long range to achieve 101-87 with left timing 5:38, and then scored a 16- foot double-pump shot atop Jae Crowder before making over a standing ovation with only 20:1 secs left.
This season Carter didn’t made any more than 8 points in a game.
The long awaited debut of Isaiah Thomas for Cleveland was held off for another game atleast. The veteran point guard, who is setting back from a hip injury, pulled off before the loss and there was supposition that before being ruled out he may play against the Kings.
Cleveland had triumphed five out of the last six against the Kings. Malachi Richardson in Cavs also made a start up of his career scoring four points.