Player of the game: Rajon Rondo kept Sacramento in the game after the Kings had another sluggish start. He finished with 23 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds for his third triple double in four games, leading the Kings to a 111-109 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Friday at Sleep Train Arena. Rondo also had two steals in the Kings’ second consecutive win.
Turning point: DeMarcus Cousins caught fire after halftime, making 12 of 17 shots and scoring 30 of his game-high 40 points. The Nets had no way to slow Cousins after he missed nine of his first 10 shots.
X-factor: Reserve Ben McLemore had his best game of the season. The third-year guard had 15 points and three assists and, along with Rondo, kept the Kings in the game in the first half.
Records: Kings 3-7, Nets 1-8.
Key injuries: Rudy Gay (stomach virus) missed a game for the first time this season. Darren Collison (left hamstring strain) missed his fourth straight game.