Waiters made two straight 3s, cutting the Kings lead to three points. After the Kings made a free throw, Waiters missed at the other end and Cousins secured the rebound and was fouled. His two free throws sealed the victory.
The scoring of Waiters kept the Cavaliers in the game, especially in the fourth quarter when he made all three 3-point attempts and scored 16 points.
"They shared the ball well and were able to make shots - a lot of shots tonight," said Waiters, who made12-of-18 field-goal attempts and had five assists in 29 minutes. "I'm just doing what I know I can do and staying confident about it. I'm just taking what the defense gives me."
Irving made two free throws and a jumper to get the Cavaliers within five, but he lost the ball on consecutive possessions and the turnovers led to fastbreak layups byThornton and Cousins, giving the Kings a 116-107 lead with 1:29 to go.
Rumors continue regarding the sale of the Kings. The Maloof ownership is reportedly on the verge of selling the team to a Seattle-based ownership group that would move the team to Seattle next season.
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson is searching for a local group that will buy the team and keep it in Sacramento.
Evans made his first start since missing 16 games, including 11 straight, with a sore left knee. Evans, who played in a reserve role the previous three games, got going early, scoring seven points in the game's first four minutes.
Evans made all six field-goal attempts, including two 3-pointers, and converted four of four free throws. Both he and Thornton lost playing time due to injuries.
"I very much wanted Tyreke Evans and Marcus Thornton to have a good game tonight," Smart said. "I have to get those two guys back into a flow with the game. I thought both of those guys did a great job with that."
Notes: The Cavaliers shot nearly 49 percent and made 8-of-16 3-pointers. ... Making a rare early appearance, Robinson had six points in the first quarter, highlighted by a dunk off a lob pass with one second left in the period. . Former King Omri Casspi had a strong second quarter off the bench, scoring 10 points. . Sacramento had its entire roster available, which hasn't been the case for much of the season due to injuries and suspensions.