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Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, forward Rudy Gay and guard Ben McLemore (16) enjoy the final seconds of the fourth quarter on Friday night, as Sacramento Kings defeated the Orlando Magic, 103-83, at Sleep Train Arena.

Postgame notes: DeMarcus Cousins wouldn’t mind being in the Skills Challenge All-Star Weekend

Published: Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 - 12:00 am

With all the talk of DeMarcus Cousins of making the All-Star team, I decided to ask him if he’d considered participating in the Skills Challenge during All-Star Saturday night.

Not that Cousins isn’t having a season worthy of the All-Star Game, but ff there’s a center that could complete the course that requires dribbling, passing and shooting, it’s Cousins.

Cousins said he hadn’t thought about it, but he would like to.

“I’d probably the be the first big to ever do it,” Cousins said.

Sounds like Cousins is ready to campaign to be in the challenge and the All-Star Game.

*Friday’s 103-83 win was the second largest margin of victory this season. The Kings beat Brooklyn by 21.

*The Kings improved to 1-2 in games in which they shoot 50 percent or better. The Kings shot 51.3 percent against the Magic.

*The Magic shot 33.3 percent, a season low for a Kings opponent. Orlando’s point total was also a season-low for a Kings’ opponent. The Magic had 24 points in the paint, and attempted 55 of their 78 shots outside of the paint.

*The Kings outrebounded Orlando 54-37. With Nikola Vucevic out, the Magic was undersized at every position on the frontline.

*The Kings made 18 of 19 free throws.

*Besides Jimmer Fredette, it was a tough night shooting for the Kings primary guards. Marcus Thornton, Isaiah Thomas, and Ben McLemore combined to shoot 2 of 21.

Both shots were made by Thomas.

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