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Cousins’ big game helps Kings roll past Lakers at Golden 1 Center

Following a steal, Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, right, dribbles down court past Los Angeles Lakers center Timofey Mozgov during their game at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif., on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016.
Following a steal, Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, right, dribbles down court past Los Angeles Lakers center Timofey Mozgov during their game at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif., on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. hamezcua@sacbee.com

Player of the game: DeMarcus Cousins followed up one of his worst games of the season with 31 points, 16 rebounds and five assists at Golden 1 Center. Darren Collison added 20 points.

Turning point: The Kings outscored the Lakers 39-13 in the third quarter. Cousins scored 16 points in the quarter.

X-factor: The bench stepped up after two starters left the game with injuries. Garrett Temple scored 16 points, and Omri Casspi had 13.

Injuries: Rudy Gay (right hip flexor strain) left the game in the second quarter. Ben McLemore (left quad contusion) left in the first quarter.

Records: Kings 9-15; Lakers 10-17.

Jason Jones: @mr_jasonjones, read more about the team at sacbee.com/kings.

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