CLEVELAND -- Anthony Bennett was lost in space for much of his rookie season.
Suddenly, the Cleveland Cavaliers forward looks like one of the team's emerging stars.
Bennett recorded his first career double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds Tuesday in the Cavaliers '109-99 victory over the Sacramento Kings before 14,245 at Quicken Loans Arena.
It was the third consecutive win for Cleveland (19-33).
"You can see why we drafted him," Cleveland coach Mike Brown said. "He's starting to come to life. He's even better than what we saw tonight.
"He can play. It was unfortunate he got hurt and didn't play in summer league. Part of it was being a young rookie. He got himself right. What you're seeing now is who you'll see in the future."
Center DeMarcus Cousins paced the Kings (17-35) with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Point guard Isaiah Thomas added 16 points and eight assists for the Kings, who have the worst record in the Western Conference.
The Kings blistered the Cavaliers on Jan. 12, 124-80. The 44-point loss was the Cavaliers' worst of the season.
The Cavaliers said that devastating loss was never brought up in pregame preparation.
Bennett, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 draft, had career highs in both points and rebounds. He made six of nine shots from the field and three of three from behind the arc.
"The hard work I've put in with the coaching staff has really paid off," Bennett said.
The Cavaliers (19-33) had five players in double figures, led by forward Luol Deng's 22 points.
Shooting guard Dion Waiters added 20 points and eight assists.
The most impressive stat of the night was in the assist department. They dished out a season-high 30 assists on just 41 field goals.
"Defensively, that means you're not guarding anybody," Kings coach Mike Malone said. "They blew by us all night long. No resistance. I've very disappointed in our effort, competitive spirit and togetherness."
The Cavaliers were playing without starting center Anderson Varejao (back) and swingman C.J. Miles (sore foot).
Yet, they pounded the Kings on the boards, 45-36, including a 15-9 edge on the offensive glass.
Power forward Tristan Thompson recorded his 23rd double-double of the season with 16 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.
Guard Kyrie Irving had 13 points and six assists for the Cavaliers, who travel to Detroit on Wednesday.
The Cavaliers announced after the game that Varejao will not travel to Detroit.
Tyler Zeller, Thompson and Henry Sims took turns guarding the 6-foot-11, 270-pound Cousins, who had 11 points and six rebounds in the first quarter.
"You're not going to stop him," Brown said. "He's a talented young, big guy. He can do a lot with the ball, inside and out. We wanted to make him work."
He made just five of 12 from the field.
"First of all, the effort wasn't there tonight," Cousins said. "I really don't have an answer for it."
Malone wasn't happy with his team's performance.