Cavaliers 115, Kings 113
SACRAMENTO, Ca (AP) _ Mark Price scored 15 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter as the Cleveland Cavaliers made up a 17-point deficit and defeated Sacramento 115-113 Friday night, the Kings’ seventh consecutive NBA loss.
Price hit the second of two free throws with five seconds left to put Cleveland up, 115-113.
The Cavaliers pulled ahead 114-113 with 31 seconds remaining on a three- point play by Brad Daugherty, who led Cleveland with 27 points. The Kings tried to run the clock down before taking a shot after Daughtery’s last basket, but Price stole the ball with 14 seconds left to give Cleveland possession.
Price made one of two free throws with five seconds left to make it 115-113, and LaSalle Thompson missed a 20-footer just before the final buzzer.
The Kings held the lead in the second half until Price scored with 5:40 left for a 101-100 Cleveland advantage.
Otis Thorpe topped Sacramento with 30 points, including all 11 of the Kings’ points in the final four minutes. Reggie Theus added 27 for Sacramento.
Sacramento’s biggest lead of the game was 86-69 with 3:12 remaining in the third quarter. Cleveland made up most of the deficit with an 11-0 spurt, cutting the Kings’ lead to 90-85 with 10:29 left.
Cleveland Coach Larry Wilkens credited Price’s fourth quarter effort as the biggest factor in his team’s come-from-behnd win.
″When Price hits his rhythm, there’s no stopping him,″ Wilkens said. ″He had two big 3-point baskets that really swung things our way.″
Cleveland’s full-court press in the final 10 minutes also contributed to Sacramento’s defeat.
″The full-court press shouldn’t bother us but it did tonight,″ Thorpe said. ″Cleveland has an easy press to break apart but we just panicked.″
Sacramento Coach Bill Russell blamed the lack of concentration as the biggest factor in the Kings’ seven-game losing streak.
″When we have a bad streak, it’s not pretty to watch,″ Russell said.
Sacramento starting center Jawann Oldham blocked six shots to bring his total for 19 NBA games to 58.