TORONTO - No matter how strongly they insisted it would not happen, you could see Friday’s flat effort by the Raptors coming.
With powerhouse Oklahoma City due in town on Sunday and lowly Sacramento in the house on Friday, it was predictable that a classic let-down game would come to pass.
Lo and behold the fat and sassy Raptors, with wins in 8-of-9 heading in, turned in a lazy, sloppy, uninspired effort and the result was a 105-96 Kings win.
DeMarcus Cousins, stamping and stomping his will on opponents like few others these days, pulverized the Raptors in a 31-point, 20-rebound clinic.
The Raptors both beat themselves and got beat by the ultra-talented big man.
Toronto, one of the NBA leaders in taking care of the ball, looked off from the opening tip. The team committed four quick turnovers and seven by the half and 13 through three, more than the full game totals in seven of the past nine games.