Kings use strong second half to break out of four-game slump and snap Raptors three-game win run
Rudy Gay had 17 of his 23 points in the second half as the Kings broke out of a four-game slump in beating the Raptors. AP

RUDY Gay and DeMarcus Cousins took charge in the second half to help Sacramento outlast Toronto, 96-91, in a wild finish at the Air Canada Centre on Sunday (Monday, Manila time)

The match between the surging Raptors and the slumping Kings saw a game of runs, with Toronto taking the first half with a six-point lead, 50-44, on a Corey Joseph buzzer-beating triple at the break.

But the Kings outscored the Raptors 24-16 in the third, led by Gay’s eight points in the quarter, to carry a 68-66 advantage in the fourth period.

The see-saw battle continued until the 5:41 mark, when back-to-back triples by Gay broke an 81-all deadlock. DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry led the Raptors last push, scoring five straight points to retake the lead, before Matt Barnes tied it at 88 with a split from the stripe.

Cousins then had a clutch basket and a block on DeRozan, before teaming up with Gay in sinking crucial free throws to seal the win and snap a four-game losing streak.

Gay led the Kings with 23 points, 17 in the second half, while Cousins had a double-double of 22 markers and 14 boards.

DeRozan and Lowry had miserable shooting games, combining for 12-of-36 from the field, and finished with 23 and 15 points, respectively, for Toronto, who had their three-game win run snapped.

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