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Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins named to his third straight All-Star Game

Sacramento Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins (15) exults in happiness as he returned to the bench against the Los Angeles Clippers during their game at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California on Friday, January 6, 2016.
Sacramento Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins (15) exults in happiness as he returned to the bench against the Los Angeles Clippers during their game at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California on Friday, January 6, 2016. hamezcua@sacbee.com

DeMarcus Cousins scored another three Thursday afternoon, but the Kings big man was nowhere near a court.

Cousins was named to the Western Conference All-Star team for a third consecutive season, the NBA announced. Coaches voted for Cousins as a reserve.

The All-Star Game is scheduled for Feb. 19 in New Orleans. Cousins also will compete in his second Skills Challenge on Feb. 18.

Widely regarded as the best big man in the NBA, Cousins becomes the first King since Peja Stojakovic (2002-04) to be named to three consecutive All-Star Games.

In the Sacramento era, only Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Mitch Richmond (six) and Chris Webber (four) have been selected more times to the league’s annual showcase game. Richmond was the game’s MVP in 1995.

Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson holds the franchise record with 10 appearances.

Midway through his seventh NBA season, the 26-year-old Cousins is averaging 28.0 points, 10.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.4 blocks. He ranks fifth in the NBA in scoring and is on pace for career highs in that category and assists.

Cousins also is shooting a career-high 36.5 percent from 3-point range.

Cousins’ 55 points against Portland on Dec. 20 are the second-most in an NBA game this season. Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors scored 60 against the Indiana Pacers on Dec. 5.

Cousins has 25 double-doubles this season, 11th in the NBA, and one triple-double.

Cousins has played well in the All-Star Game. He scored 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds in 18 minutes in 2015. Cousins had 11 points, making all five of his field-goal attempts with one 3-pointer, and four rebounds in 11 minutes last year.

Last summer in Rio de Janeiro, Cousins helped the United States win the gold medal.

DeMarcus Cousins speaks after the Kings upset the Cleveland Cavaliers 116-112 in overtime Wednesday.

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

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