CLEVELAND: Anthony Bennett had his first double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds and the Cavs avenged a 44-point loss last month at Sacramento with a 109-99 win Tuesday against the Kings.
The Cavs controlled the majority of the night and kept the lead around double figures most of the final three quarters. They have won three straight to equal their longest winning streak of the season and the longest of the last four seasons.
Luol Deng had 22 points, Tristan Thompson had 16 points and 13 rebounds, Dion Waiters had 20 points and Kyrie Irving had 13 points and six assists. The star of the night was Bennett, who played 30 minutes and yet again set career highs in points and rebounds. The much maligned rookie, who couldn’t get off the bench a few weeks ago, reached double figures in scoring for the fourth time in his last eight games.
After making his final basket of the night, a 3-pointer with a few minutes left in the game, Bennett jogged to the other end of the floor with both hands raised over his head as his teammates ran off the bench to greet him during a timeout.
DeMarcus Cousins had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Kings, but didn’t make a field goal after the first quarter. He took only one shot in the second half while the Cavs, playing without Anderson Varejao, bracketed him most of the night and fouled him often, making him earn his points at the free-throw line.