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BBNBA: DeMarcus Cousins Flirts with 40 Points vs. the Kings

DeMarcus Cousins got a chance to take down his former team, the Sacramento Kings.  He did not leave the arena with a win, but he did just about everything else.

Boogie had 38 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals, but the Pelicans still fell to the Kings 116-109.  Cousins didn’t get a ton of help from his banged up Kentucky teammate Anthony Davis, who chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds.  Darius Miller added 7 points and made just one-of-four three-point attempts.

Cousins did everything he could to will the Pels to victory. It didn’t happen, but it did create some spectacular highlights.

Cousins’ vengeance vs. the Kings wasn’t the most entertaining part of the matchup.  Cousins and Zach Randolph went back and forth the entire game.  Cut from the same cloth, there was a respectable amount of trash-talk exchanged.

“Where we from, bullies get bullied.”

On a roster normally filled with Kentucky players, De’Aaron Fox was the only one who played for the Kings.  Willie Cauley-Stein is nursing a back injury and Skal Labissiere was recently demoted to the G-League.  Fox finished with 14 points and 4 assists vs. the Kings.

More Highlights from UK in the NBA…

—  It was a long slow grind for the Milwaukee Bucks, but they found a way to take down the Dallas Mavericks 109-102 with a little help form Eric Bledsoe.  The former Kentucky point guard finished with 24 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocked shots.

—  The Hornets lost an overtime thriller 119-111 to the Chicago Bulls.  Dwight Howard stole the show on his birthday with 25 points, 20 boards and 5 blocks, but Michael Kidd-Gilchrist managed to make some noise too.  MKG scored 15 points, grabbed 7 boards and threw down one ferocious dunk.

In 11 minutes off the bench, Malik Monk made one of his three three-point attempts and finished the game with just three points.

—  Jamal Murray could not find his shot in the Nuggets’ 103-89 win over the Magic.  The former arrow-flinging shooting guard hit just one-of-six shots for two points.  Trey Lyles didn’t score much either, but did spread the wealth around the stat sheet: 3 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists.

—  Andrew Harrison got the start for the Grizzlies last night.  He only scored 6 points, but he had 7 assists and zero turnovers in a loss to the Raptors.

Article written by Nick Roush

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