With DeMarcus Cousins sitting out due to a bum ankle, Rudy Gay took over scoring responsibilities Monday night for the Sacramento Kings in their 111-104 win against the visiting Milwaukee Bucks.

Gay had a game-high 32 points, to go along with nine boards and six dimes.

Sacramento is now 2-7 without Boogie this season.

Per the Sac Bee:

The constant in both (wins without Cousins) has been the play of Gay, who has three 30-point games this season, and two coming against the Bucks. […] Without Cousins, Gay became the focal point of the offense.

 

“DeMarcus being out had a lot to do with it,” Gay said. “Obviously he’s been carrying us for a while for the most part this season. Just had to step up. When guys go down, not just him, Ben (McLemore) is out, so guys have to step up.” […] The Kings pulled away in the fourth quarter thanks to Gay being a willing passer and the rest of the team following suit.

 

“I expected it,” said Kings guard Rajon Rondo of Gay. “I think the last time Cuz was out when we played Milwaukee and (Gay) had 36. Every time his name is called he always steps up to the challenge, especially when we’re a man down.”