The two buzzwords in the Kingdom these days have been pace and defense, and tonight there seemed to be a healthy dose of both. Cleveland shot 42% from the field, and while Irving and Kevin Love got their points, neither was too efficient on the night. Things started out shaky as Cleveland scored 29 points in the first quarter, but got much better as the game progressed, mostly because Irving cooled off significantly. Its unclear if this is signifying a return of some good defense or if it was a bad opponent just flat out being bad. The Cavaliers looked lifeless for most of the night, letting the Kings get whatever they wanted offensively while running an uninspiring offense themselves.
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