All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins erupted for 39 points Tuesday night, including the clinching free-throw late in the Sacramento Kings’ 114-110 road win against the Denver Nuggets.
Boogie added nine rebounds; Rudy Gay chipped in 16 points and ten boards.
Cousins scored eight of the Kings’ final 13 points to secure their third straight victory.
Per the AP:
Cousins stole the ball from D.J. Augustin and was fouled on his way to the basket. He made both free throws to give the Kings a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Cousins preserved the win by stripping the ball away from Darrell Arthur in the final seconds. […] “I’m just playing my game,” Cousins said. “That’s the best way to put it.”
It was Cousins’ 53rd career game with at least 30 points. Rudy Gay added 16 points, 10 rebounds and three of Sacramento’s 12 blocked shots, helping coach George Karl get the win against his former team.
The Nuggets had eight players score in double figures in their fourth loss in five games. Will Barton scored 14 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, and Danilo Gallinari had 17 points despite a cut on his right hand. Nikola Jokic finished with 13 points, 13 rebounds and six assists.