DEMARCUS Cousins put on a show in leading a scorching third quarter run as the Sacramento Kings snapped out of a two-game skid with a win over the slumping Los Angeles Lakers at the Golden 1 Center on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time).
The Kings survived the Lakers hot start, trailing 17-9, before Luke Walton got charged with two technical fouls at the 4:14 mark of the first quarter for shouting at officials. The Lakers coach was irate after no foul was called when Kings star DeMarcus Cousins apparently threw Lakers forward Julius Randle to the ground. Walton had to be restrained by Jordan Clarkson before he got thrown out of the court.
Sacramento capitalized with a 26-7 blitz to lead by as much as 11 in the first half. The Lakers countered with a 17-8 run after the game was tied at 41 halfway through the second, and took a 58-49 edge at the half.
Cousins then led a sizzling third quarter run for the Kings, scoring 16 in less than an eight-minute span as Sacramento unleashed 38-8 rally to take a 21-point lead, 87-66, near the 2-minute mark of the period. Darren Collison also added 10 in the quarter, including two triples to cap that pivotal blitz.
Jordan Clarkson attempted a final push for the Lakers, with seven points early in the fourth to bring them within 12, 94-82, with more than eight minutes remaining. But that would be as close as the Lakers could get as Sacramento put the lead back up to 20 with an 8-0 run at the 5:43 mark of the period and even widened the gap up until the final buzzer.
Cousins finished with a monster game of 31 points, 16 rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two steals. Collison added 20 markers, while Garrett Temple and Omri Casspi scored 16 and 13, respectively off the bench. Sacramento now stands at 9-15.
Rudy Gay finished with just seven points all in the first half but did not return after the break due to an injury.
D’Angelo Russell led the Lakers with 17 points and Luol Deng added 16. Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams provided the usual bench scoring with 15 and 14 markers, respectively, but could not prevent the misfiring Lakers from falling to 10-17.