Sacramento, CA – DeMarucs Cousins is truly in All-Star form. H wasn’t selected a starter for the upcoming NBA All-Star but he’s sure to make the reserves based on how well he’s become this season. Cousins tallied a career-high as the Kings beat the Indiana Pacers 108-97.
While appearing in Toronto, Canada is an honor being voted in by fans. The All-Star has only one gaol in mind and thats the playoffs. Cousins has vastly improved on his game and temperament. After receiving a technical foul in the fourth, Cousins remained cool and calm.
“Playoffs, playoffs, playoffs. That’s all I am thinking about,” Cousins said. “It’s been some rough years. But it’s not over and we still got a lot more to go. I’m happy in the moment, but I’m not satisfied.”
Sacramento has won its last 5 games, including 2 at home. The Kings’ 5-game winning streak is the longest winning streak since early last season, Oct. 31-Nov. 7, 2014. They are now currently in eighth place in the Western Conference and could possibly face the Golden State Warriors.
The 48 points from Cousins tied Kevin Martin for the Kings-era record for most points in a regulation game. Martin tallied 48 points on 3/7/08 vs. Minnesota. It is the most points scored by a Kings player since Kevin Martin tallied 48 points in an overtime win vs. Memphis on Nov. 2, 2009.
Cousins shot 17 for 29 and hit 13 of 20 free throws in his most dominating game this season and of his career. Cousins joins Chris Webber (1/5/01 vs. Indiana) as the only players in Sacramento-era history to have a 40-point, 10-rebound game. Webber had 51 points and 26 rebounds (both Sacramento-era records).
“I thought we did a poor job of defending him,” Paul George said on defending Cousins. “Not the guys guarding him in particular, but us helping out. You’ve got to send double teams at him and we failed to do so tonight.”
George had 24 of his 34 points in the second half, Jordan Hill had 17 points and 13 rebounds. Monta Ellis scored 16 but it was a lack luster performance against a surging team. Rajon Rondo recorded his 6th triple-double of the season with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. His streak of games with a least 10 assists, a Sacramento-era record, 2nd longest streak in franchise history.
“He’s a…I don’t know if he’s going to get All-Star votes, but he should,” said Pacers had coach Frank Vogel. “He’s one the most gifted players, point guards in the game. There’s no player like him with the ability to pass the basketball. There’s no player like him in the NBA. He had a great performance.”