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Cousins dominates as Kings beat Minnesota for third straight win

DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings with 32 points and seven assists on Friday ... Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins (22) and Cousins (15) go for a loose ball during an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 23, 2016, in Minneapolis.
DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings with 32 points and seven assists on Friday ... Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins (22) and Cousins (15) go for a loose ball during an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 23, 2016, in Minneapolis. The Associated Press

Player of the game: DeMarcus Cousins had 32 points, seven rebounds and seven assists as the Kings rallied from seven down to start the fourth quarter and beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 109-105 Friday night at Target Center. The Kings have won three in a row and four of their last five games.

Turning point: The Timberwolves had a chance to take the lead late, but Cousins stole the ball from Karl-Anthony Towns and led the break, finding Garrett Temple. He was fouled and made both free throws to give Sacramento a 108-105 lead with 32.7 seconds to play. Towns missed two 3-point attempts on Minnesota’s next possession.

X-factor: Sacramento’s bench had 45 points, led by Anthony Tolliver with a season-high 17.

Injuries: The Kings’ Rudy Gay (strained right hip flexor) missed his sixth consecutive game.

Records: Kings 13-17; Timberwolves 9-20

Jason Jones

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