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DeMarcus Cousins gets double-double as Kings beat Knicks 88-80

Kings' DeMarcus Cousins defends New York’s Robin Lopez during the first half on Sunday, March 20, 2016 in New York.
Kings' DeMarcus Cousins defends New York’s Robin Lopez during the first half on Sunday, March 20, 2016 in New York. AP

Player of the game: DeMarcus Cousins had 24 points and 20 rebounds as the Kings defeated the New York Knicks 88-80 Sunday night at Madison Square Garden.

Turning point: After leading by 16 points in the first quarter, the Kings got some breathing room by scoring the first four points of the fourth quarter to lead 73-65. The Knicks didn’t come closer than five the rest of the game.

X-factor: The Kings won despite equaling their fewest points this season. New York’s 80 points were the fewest this season by a Sacramento opponent. The Kings were allowing a league-high 109.6 points per game.

Records: Kings 27-42, Knicks 28-43

Key injuries: Willie Cauley-Stein (flu) and Ben McLemore (fractured finger) were out for the Kings. The Knicks were missing leading scorer Carmelo Anthony (migraine).

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