SACRAMENTO – After 48 minutes, the dying elk laid to rest.
“We came out, hit them in the mouth early and put the game away,” recalled DeMarcus Cousins.
The Sacramento Kings (25-45) gutted the Milwaukee Bucks (13-57) on Sunday 124-107. The Kings came out swinging in a 39-16 first quarter and dominated the interior throughout the evening.
“The fact that we scored 124, shot a high percentage, lived in the paint, got to the foul line and didn’t throw the ball all over the gym tonight were all positives,” noted head coach Michael Malone.
The Kings led by as much as 40 points in the third quarter before a lackadaisical fourth period. Cousins made his presence felt with 32 points on 14-of-19 shooting and 12 rebounds, scoring high and low and involving others. He earned four and-one baskets and even had time for a little dancing.
“It’s always fun to win,” he admitted.
“That’s the luxury of having a guy like DeMarcus, who you can play through and get all their big guys in foul trouble, and get us to the free throw line,” Malone added. “A lot of that is a byproduct of him getting us in the bonus early, and other guys benefit from that.”
The Bucks, who are in last place in the NBA, clearly miss the defensive presence of Larry Sanders (fractured orbital bone) and settled for jump shots often. Ersan Ilyasova was the only Milwaukee player in double-digit scoring through three quarters, and O.J. Mayo (21) led the team in points doing his damage in garbage time.
The victory was the Kings’ third in six contests. They host the New York Knicks (29-41) on Wednesday.
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