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Kings’ Cauley-Stein out a second game with a back injury

Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein (lower back strain) will miss his second consecutive game when the Kings host the New York Knicks on Sunday at Golden 1 Center.

Kosta Koufos started in place of Cauley-Stein in Saturday’s loss to Utah.

Cauley-Stein played nine minutes before having to leave Sacramento’s Dec. 2 loss at Milwaukee with the same injury. He missed three games before returning to the lineup.

The third-year big man is averaging 12.6 points, third on the team. His 6.9 rebounds per game are tied with Zach Randolph for the team lead. Cauley-Stein also leads the Kings in steals (1.1) and blocks (0.9).

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