Player of the game: DeMarcus Cousins had 36 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and three blocks as the Kings won their third straight game by defeating the Toronto Raptors, 107-101, Sunday night at Sleep Train Arena.
Turning point: Ben McLemore drove to the lane and finished in traffic to give the Kings a 102-101 lead with 1:37 to play as part of an 11-0 run to close the game.
X-factor: Cousins’ defense down the stretch was vital to close the game. When Cousins wasn’t blocking shots, he shut down driving lanes and made the Raptors take contested shots.
Records: Kings 4-7, Raptors 7-4
Key injuries: Willie Cauley-Stein was held out after being hit in the head in the first quarter but showed no signs of an acute concussion. Darren Collison (left hamstring strain) missed his fifth straight game.