SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Rudy Gay said he didn't harbor a sense of revenge Wednesday night facing his former team — the Toronto Raptors— for the first time since a December trade.
His numbers said it all.
DeMarcus Cousins had 25 points and 10 rebounds, Gay added 24 points and 10 rebounds, and the Kings held off the Raptors in the fourth quarter for a 109-101 victory.
The Dec. 9 trade brought Gay, Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray to Sacramento in exchange for Patterson, John Salmons, Greivis Vasquez and Chuck Hayes.
The trade has worked well for both teams. Since the shake-up, the Raptors have compiled an 18-11 record and own the third best overall record in the Eastern Conference. They had an 8-12 mark before the deal.
Gay has thrived in his role as a key figure offensively. The versatile forward has averaged 20.7 points and shot 53 percent in his first 25 games with the Kings. Gay wasn't nearly as effective with the Raptors, shooting just under 39 percent in his second season in Toronto.
"It was great to see Rudy have such a successful game tonight," said Gray, who didn't play. "No matter what the scenario, it's really important when you go against your ex-team. You always want to show them what they're missing. I think Rudy did that."
Toronto coach Dwane Casey wished his team was a little more focused on effort rather than the socializing that took place between the two teams.
"I just thought our whole disposition was off. We're out there hugging and giving out fives and all that," Casey said. "Well, this is a business. I didn't think our disposition at the beginning of the game was in fighting mode or hungry mode. We haven't done anything, I'll keep repeating this, we haven't done anything in this league yet."
The Kings led by 20 points going into the final quarter, when Toronto got going offensively and cut the lead to five points with under a minute to play. But the Kings converted six consecutive free throws in the final minute to seal their second straight victory after losing seven straight.