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Kings crush Cavaliers in season’s biggest rout yet

AP, SACRAMENTO, California

Isaiah Thomas scored 26 points as the Sacramento Kings won their third straight game and achieved this season’s biggest rout in a 124-80 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday.

The Kings scored 16 straight points in the third quarter and led by 28 points heading into the fourth.

The three-game streak is Sacramento’s first since December 2012 and the 44-point victory margin is the largest in the NBA so far this season, according to STATS.

C.J. Miles had 14 points and Luol Deng added 12 for the Cavaliers, who had won two straight.

Cleveland went just longer than five minutes without a basket in the third quarter, when they shot 4 of 20 and were outscored 30-11.

The Cavaliers were outscored 65-30 in the second half.

Elsewhere in the league, San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half, as the Spurs held off the Minnesota Timberwolves 104-86 to record their fourth straight victory.

Tim Duncan had 15 points, while Tony Parker added 14 points and 10 assists for Western Conference leaders San Antonio.

Matt Bonner also scored 14 points — including 4-for-5 shooting on three-pointers — while Marco Belinelli had 13 points and Patty Mills added 10 for the Spurs.

Nikola Pekovic scored 22 points to lead Minnesota, while Kevin Love had 14 points and Alexey Shved added 11.

Already without Manu Ginobili and Tiago Splitter, the Spurs lost Danny Green early in the second quarter to a sprained finger.

Missing two of their top wings, Leonard took over in the second half for San Antonio.

In Memphis, Tennessee, Mike Conley had 21 points and 13 assists, while Zach Randolph added 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Grizzlies over the Atlanta Hawks 108-101.

Paul Millsap scored 21 points to lead the Hawks, who had won two straight and recorded only their third loss to the Grizzlies in the past 15 games.

Memphis pulled away in the fourth quarter behind Conley, who tied a career-best 31 points in a win over the Phoenix Suns on Friday.

Conley had eight points in the final quarter, including two free-throws that gave the Grizzlies a 102-92 lead with 2 minutes, 46 seconds reamining.

Mike Miller also had eight points in the fourth quarter for the Grizzlies, including two three-pointers, and finished with 15 points.

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