Ramon Sessions’ drive with 18 seconds left put the Cavs ahead and Samardo Samuels came up with two more big defensive stops late in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 97-93 road victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday. The teams entered as the two worst in the league.
Samuels took a charge on Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins with the game tied at 93, then after Sessions’ driving basket, defended Cousins’ look at the rim in the final seconds when the Kings rookie was upset he didn’t get a foul call.
Sessions had 20 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Cavs, who ended a four-game losing streak. J.J. Hickson added 17 points (15 in the second half) and Luke Harangody had 15 points off the bench and Samuels added 13 points as the Cavs scored 32 points in the paint in the second half.
Marcus Thornton had 23 points, Samuel Dalembert had 16 points and 10 rebounds and DeMarcus Cousins had 11 points and 16 rebounds for the Kings, who lost for the seventh time in their last eight games.