"Just an overall poor effort," he said. "We didn't defend at all, and Anthony Bennett kicked our (butt). I'm sure (fired GM) Chris Grant is smiling at home, and deservedly so. His No. 1 guy came in and gets his career high in points and rebounds."

After struggling for most of the season, Bennett is averaging 10.8 points and 5.4 rebounds in his last five games. In that span, he's shooting 48.6 percent from the field (17 of 35) and 62.5 percent from the 3-point line (5 of 8).

"For me, I guess I was just being anxious," Bennett said. "I'm just on the court, trying to make the best play for everybody. I've calmed down a little. I have to try to have fun and that's it."

NOTES: Cavaliers C Anderson Varejao (sore back) and G/F C.J. Miles (sore right foot) were held out of the game. Varejao had a MRI on his back on Monday, but that's not his only ailment. "He has a sore body," Cavs coach Mike Brown said. The 6-foot-11, 267-pound Varejao is the team's leading rebounder at 10.3 per game and is its best post defender. "It's a pretty big blow," Brown said. "His forte is defending the paint. I hope it's not a long-term thing." ... Cavs C Tyler Zeller moved into the starting lineup. Henry Sims was also pressed into action in a backup role. ... Kings coach Michael Malone was an assistant on Brown's staff in Cleveland for five seasons from 2005-10. Besides LeBron James, what does Malone remember most about being with the Cavs? "Being with LeBron James," he laughed. Kings assistant coach Chris Jent was the Cavs' director of player development from 2006-09 before becoming an assistant coach from 2009-11. Jent joined Thad Matta's staff at Ohio State for two seasons (2011-13) before joining the Kings. ... Cavs G Kyrie Irving has scored a league-high 44 points in overtime this season. He has averaged 8.0 points per game in OT this season, second-most in the NBA. ... Kings G Isaiah Thomas is coming into his own. "He's scored his whole life," Malone said. "The question is whether he can make everyone around him a better player?"