Sacramento Kings

Cousins helps Kings open Joerger era with victory over Suns

Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) looks at Phoenix Suns forward Marquese Chriss (0) after the Pleasant Grove High (Elk Grove) graduate flagrantly fouled Cousins during the second half of Wednesday night’s game in Phoenix.
Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) looks at Phoenix Suns forward Marquese Chriss (0) after the Pleasant Grove High (Elk Grove) graduate flagrantly fouled Cousins during the second half of Wednesday night’s game in Phoenix. The Associated Press

A statistical look at the Kings’ 113-94 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday:

1-0: Dave Joerger’s record as coach of the Kings.

4: Blocks by the Kings’ Rudy Gay.

7: Points scored by Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove) graduate Marquese Chriss on 3-of-7 shooting in 22:12 minutes. Chriss also had four rebounds, two assists and four turnovers.

7: Game-high assists by Ty Lawson, who added nine points and two steals in his Kings’ debut.

10: Points scored by Suns rookie Dragan Bender.

11: Games the Kings will play in the first 17 days of the season.

14: Points off the bench by Sacramento’s Matt Barnes on 6-of-9 shooting. Barnes also had seven rebounds.

18: Team-high points scored by Phoenix’s Devin Booker, who made 8 of 12 attempts from the floor.

18-1: Scoring run led by the Kings’ second unit that allowed them to take control in the first half.

22: Points scored by Gay on 9-of-15 shooting.

24: Points scored by Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins, who made 6 of 10 shots from the floor and converted 12 of 16 attempts from the free-throw line.

26: The Kings’ largest lead of the night (in the third quarter).

2013: The last time Sacramento won a season opener, beating the Denver Nuggets.

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Compiled by Stu Rosenberg

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