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DeMarcus Cousins scores 48 as Kings beat Pacers 108-97 for fifth straight win

Player of the game: DeMarcus Cousins scored a career-high 48 points to go with 13 rebounds as the Kings extended their season-long winning streak to five games with a 108-97 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night at Sleep Train Arena.

Turning point: Paul George cut Sacramento’s lead to 92-86 with a 17-foot jumper with 5:22 to play. The Kings answered with a 10-5 spurt to push the lead back to 11 and put the game out of reach.

X-factors: Willie Cauley-Stein’s energy helped ignite the Kings’ defense early. He had double-digit rebounds for the third consecutive game, finishing with 12. Rajon Rondo added 11 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his sixth triple double of the season, a Sacramento-era record.

Records: Kings 20-23, Pacers 23-21

Key injuries: Kings forward Rudy Gay missed his second consecutive game with a left heel contusion.

Jason Jones

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