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                     === Ross leads Raptors over Kings ===
 
 Toronto,  ON  (SportsNetwork.com) - Terrence  Ross went 6-of-8 from beyond the
 arc  and  scored 18 points to  lead Toronto to  a 99-87 win over Sacramento on
 Friday.
 
 DeMar  DeRozan and Patrick Patterson had 15 points apiece for the Raptors, who
 have  won eight  of their last 10.  Jonas Valanciunas scored 14 and Kyle Lowry
 had 12 points and seven assists.
 
 DeMarcus  Cousins tallied 24 points and seven rebounds for the Kings, who have
 lost  four of their last six. Ben McLemore and Isaiah Thomas notched 14 points
 apiece, with Thomas adding five assists.
 
 "You  can't  take it  personal  they're  in  Sacramento  now but  we're  still
 friends," said Ross of his former teammates.
 
 Rudy  Gay had 15 points and five rebounds in his return to Toronto since being
 traded to the Kings in early December.
 
 "Yea, I think we went out there and didn't play for each other it shows on the
 stat sheet," Gay said.
 
 "On  the Raptors  they're really  excelling  while JV  [Jonas Valanciunas]  is
 playing  a lot better, he is a presence, everybody is playing very well," said
 Gay of his former team.
 
 The  Raptors led by two with 6:35 left in the first quarter before they used a
 big 17-9 push to close the period with a 29-19 lead.
 
 The  teams traded buckets through the first four minutes of the second quarter
 until  the  Kings went on  a 10-1 burst to  cut their differential two points,
 37-35,  with 5  1/2 minutes  on  the clock.  The  Raptors wasted  no time  and
 responded  with a 10-4 run over the next two minutes. Toronto led 51-44 at the
 break.
 
 The  Kings  attempted to chip  away at the  Raptors' lead, however, they could
 barely  keep  pace with Toronto  in the  third quarter. Sacramento came within
 nine  twice, but the  Raptors held them off thanks in part to shooting 4-for-5
 from beyond the arc. Ross made three of those shots.
 
 "I think the dunking is letting me get all these wide open threes," said Ross.
 
 Toronto  started the final 12 minutes with its largest lead of the game 80-63.
 After the Raptors scored the first six to open the fourth, Sacramento answered
 with  nine  straight to cut  the margin to 86-72  with just under five minutes
 left. The Kings never got within single digits down the stretch.
 
 Game Notes
 
 The  Kings  lead the all-time  series 22-13  ... Sacramento shot 5-for-19 from
 beyond  the arc,  while Toronto went 10-for-21 on its 3-pointers ... The Kings
 outscored  the Raptors  42-28 inside the paint ... Toronto will face Minnesota
 on Sunday ... The Kings take on Brooklyn on Sunday.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 03/07 22:27:06 ET

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