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Postgame notes: Malone doesn’t believe Cousins’ injury is serious

NEW YORK DeMarcus Cousins left Wednesday’s win over the New York Knicks with 3:15 left in the fourth quarter with a strained left hip flexor.

Cousins began hobbling and immediately indicated to coach Michael Malone he needed to get out of the game.

“I don’t think it’s anything serious,” Malone said. “I think it’s a hip flexor strain but we’ll get a much better idea what it is once I speak with (trainer) Pete (Youngman) and over the break I’m sure he’ll get the necessary treatment.”

The Kings have dealt with one major hip flexor injury. Carl Landry tore his during training camp and just returned to the court last month.

*While Jimmer Fredette deserves plenty of praise for his role in the 106-101 overtime win, another bench player, Derrick Williams, was also key. Williams had 14 points and made a late jumper in overtime when the Knicks threatened to get back in the game.

*The Kings’ played much better defense in the second half. After allowing the Knicks to shoot 57.5 percent in the first half, the Knicks shot 36 percent after halftime.

*The Kings only had 16 assists, but the consensus among the players I asked about it was the ball movement was certainly better than it had been lately.