Rajon Rondo recorded his fifth triple-double of the season Thursday night, and DeMarcus Cousins finished 24 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Sacramento Kings past the visiting Atlanta Hawks 91-88.

Rondo (11 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds) also hit a clutch layup to help seal matters.

The Kings have won four in a row.

Per the Sac Bee:

“In a nutshell,” Kings television analyst and former coach Jerry Reynolds said, “Rondo’s a basketball player playing chess while everyone else is playing checkers. He’s two or three moves ahead of most people. Great players with great basketball instincts have that, and he has it.”

 

(George) Karl and Rondo sometimes disagree, too, which happens when player and coach are equal parts stubborn and proud. But they work it out, both have said. This has been a good marriage, and the recent wins certainly help. […] “It’s been fun,” the coach said. “It’s always enjoyable to see how a guy can make a team work. He’s had great runs in his career. He’s been very valuable to us.”

 

“He’s such a big fan of the game, and he’s always watching,” (Omri) Casspi said. “Sometimes I’ll tell him ‘Hey, I cut here; I was open!’ and he’ll text me at 2:30 in the morning, while watching film, saying ‘You were open. You were right. I need to see that.’”