Raptors center Andrea Bargnani had 28 points on 10 for 17 from the field, 3 for 6 from three and 5 for 5 from the free throw line. The Kings did a terrible job covering Barganani away from the basket, leaving him open time after time. A Raptors player that I have never heard of, DeMar DeRozan, a rookie guard from USC, added 24 points on 7 for 12 from field. Addditionally, Reggie Evans had 19 rebounds for the Raptors!
Tyreke Evans had 23 points for the Kings on 9 for 16 from the field and 5 for 7 from the free throw line. I was very interested in seeing DeMarcus Cousins play. Unfortunately, he got two quick fouls in the first couple minutes of the game and ended up only playing 17 minutes. Cousins was very effective in the fourth quarter; he ended the game with 16 points on 6 for 10 from the field and 4 for 4 from the free throw line, but only 4 rebounds. If he can figure out how to stay out of foul trouble, Cousins looks like he could be a very effective big man for the Kings. At the end of the game, Kings coach Westphal was going offense with Cousins and defense with Dalembert.
Tyreke Evans got his rookie of the year award before the game. It was a nice crowd; the arena was essentially full. The crowd got loud in the fourth quarter as the Kings rallied.
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