For the first time in franchise history, the Sacramento Kings walked out of Oklahoma City with a victory Monday night.
DeMarcus Cousins scored 33 points and a season-high 19 rebounds, helping Kings head coach George Karl make history.
— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) January 5, 2016
Serge Ibaka led the short-handed Thunder with a season-high 25 points.
Per the AP:
DeMarcus Cousins had 33 points and a season-high 19 rebounds, and Sacramento took advantage of Kevin Durant being out of the lineup to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 116-104 on Monday night. […] Durant missed the game with a sprained right big toe. His status is day-to-day, but coach Billy Donovan said before the game that he didn’t consider it serious.
Without Durant, Russell Westbrook took on more of the load. He had 17 points, 15 assists and eight rebounds, but he made just 2 of 15 shots in the second half. […] “It definitely helped having K.D. out,” Cousins said. “That’s a big threat that they didn’t have tonight. It made our jobs a little bit easier on defense. I think we were able to key in on Russ tonight and make other guys shoot, and we won the game.”
“They made a little run, but we stopped the bleeding early and gained control of the game again,” Cousins said.