Kings Blog

Cousins comes up big in the fourth quarter as Kings hold off Lakers

Sacramento Kings' DeMarcus Cousins, center, dunks as Los Angeles Lakers' Larry Nance Jr. watches during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Kings won 97-96.
Sacramento Kings' DeMarcus Cousins, center, dunks as Los Angeles Lakers' Larry Nance Jr. watches during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Kings won 97-96. AP

Player of the game: DeMarcus Cousins had 40 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists as the Kings held off a fourth-quarter rally to defeat the Los Angeles Lakers 97-96 on Tuesday night at Staples Center. Lou Williams missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer and finished with 29 points for the Lakers. The Kings have won four in a row to match their season-high winning streak.

Turning point: Cousins made 1 of 2 free throws with 9 seconds to play to give the Kings the lead. Cousins had 16 points in the fourth quarter.

X-factor: The Kings held the Lakers to 45.8 percent shooting. That helped overcome giving up 22 points off 17 turnovers and 23 fast-break points.

Injuries: Kings guard Ty Lawson (hamstring) missed his third consecutive game.

Records: Kings 24-32, Lakers 19-38

The Sacramento Kings beat the Los Angeles Lakers 97-96 at the Staples Center. For the Kings it was their fourth straight win, matching the season-best winning streak of the season. It was their fifth victory in six games.

The Sacramento Kings beat the Los Angeles Lakers 97-96 at the Staples Center. For the Kings it was their fourth straight win, matching the season-best winning streak of the season. It was their fifth victory in six games.

Related stories from Sacramento Bee

  Comments