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Kings top Celtics in George Karl’s debut

Score: Kings 109, Celtics 101

Player of the game: Kings center DeMarcus Cousins led all players with 31 points and 15 rebounds, marking his 16th double double in his last 18 games.

Turning point: After the Celtics took their first second-half lead at 90-89 midway through the fourth quarter, the Kings went on a 14-4 run led by seven points from Cousins to pull away.

Key stat: The Kings shot 48.2 percent and held the Celtics to 40.0 percent shooting to overcome 24 turnovers that led to 38 points for Boston. It was the Kings’ highest turnover total since committing 27 on opening night.

X-factors: Omri Casspi had seven points, 12 rebounds and six assists, and point guard Andre Miller played most of the second half in his Kings debut and showed good command of the offense.

Records: Kings 19-34; Celtics 20-32.

Injury update: Guard Darren Collison (right hip flexor strain) was inactive.

Up next: The Kings play at the Clippers on Saturday, 7 p.m.

Matt Kawahara