TORONTO How's this for a player who has been out of rhythm on offense and was "lucky"?
Start by scoring a season-high 31 points while matching a career high with 20 rebounds. Add four assists and two steals.
That was DeMarcus Cousins' Friday night. The third-year center continued his recent dominance to lead the Kings to 105-96 win over the Toronto Raptors.
"I've been so out of rhythm," Cousins said. "I've been trying to force everything. And basically I was lucky enough to have a good game tonight."
Cousins has averaged 19.4 points, 14.0 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 2.2 steals in his last five games.
The Kings (13-20) have won four of those five games, all since Cousins sat out two games for disciplinary reasons.
That includes two road wins. The Kings had dropped 13 of their first 14 road games.
But don't try to convince the Raptors that Cousins is anything but on his game.
Before the game, Toronto coach Dwane Casey said Cousins has been playing like an All-Star.
Afterward, Casey said, "We did not have an answer for DeMarcus Cousins inside."
Casey's players agreed.
"It's definitely tough," said Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan. "Cousins is someone to reckon with in the post."
Raptors forward Ed Davis said, "He's big, he's physical, and we did a bad job of guarding him today."
Cousins shot 11 of 18 from the field (61.1 percent), well above his season shooting percentage of 41.3.
"He was pretty much getting everything he wanted," Davis said.
The Kings trailed 53-46 with 2:03 left in the second quarter before going on a 20-0 run that ended when DeRozan made a short jumper with 6:58 left in the third quarter.
Sacramento outscored the Raptors 28-10 in the third quarter as Cousins had 10 points and eight rebounds.
Cousins' dominance allowed John Salmons (20 points, four assists), Jason Thompson (14 points on 7-of-11 shooting) and the rest of his teammates to get plenty of good looks.
The Kings shot 52.6 percent (40 of 76), while Toronto (12-21) shot 38.0 percent (30 of 79).
"(Cousins) had the right mindset of not trying to score 50," said Kings coach Keith Smart. "(He was) trying to let his teammates play and obviously trying to move the ball out of double teams because we know over the last couple of games, teams have tried doubling him, and he's done a great job of moving the basketball."
That wasn't the case at the start of the season. Cousins forced things on offense, and teammates watched as he challenged defenses and took tough shots.
Cousins said he's "still not very comfortable with my offense. I had a good night (Friday), but I'm still really trying to find my rhythm, so I am kind of selective with the shots I take now. But we came out with a win, so that's all that really matters."
Teammates have noticed Cousins making plays to win games instead trying to make plays for himself.
"He's trusting his teammates," Salmons said. "He's commanding a double team, which helps everybody else. He's evolving. He's playing the game better.
"He's understanding what it takes to win, and he's trying to do the things for this team to move up in the standings and make a playoff push."
As Cousins tries to find his groove on offense, he was modest about the first 30-20 game of his career.
"Hopefully, I can do it again," he said.
The Kings would like that kind of luck.