Cousins beats buzzer, Kings top Suns

acramento, CA ( – DeMarcus Cousins rattled in a jumper as
time expired to give the Sacramento Kings an 85-83 win over the Phoenix Suns
on Sunday night.

Markieff Morris missed a jumper from in close with the game tied in the
closing seconds, then it was all up to Cousins from there.

Coming out of a timeout, Cousins picked up the ball at the top of the key,
pump faked and forced up a contested jumper that hit off the rim a few times
before finally going down for the win.

Cousins finished with 28 points and 12 rebounds to help the Kings snap a
three-game losing streak. Ben McLemore added 13 points and Ramon Sessions had
10 in the win.

Isaiah Thomas paced the Suns with 26 points and Goran Dragic chipped in with
13. The Suns have lost four of their last five.

McLemore’s 3-pointer late in the first gave the Kings a eight-point lead and
they brought a 26-18 edge into the second quarter.

Sacramento quickly pushed the margin to 12 early in the second, but Phoenix
went on a 12-3 run later in the quarter to cut its deficit to one following
Isaiah Thomas’s technical free throw.

McLemore answered with a 3 that started a 7-0 spurt for the Kings, who led
48-42 at halftime.

Cousins netted back-to-back buckets to help Sacramento close out the third
quarter on a 10-2 run for a 73-59 lead entering the fourth.

Thomas scored the first nine points of an 11-2 run that Morris capped for an
83-81 lead with 1:21 left in regulation. Cousins then barreled his way inside
at the other end for a layup that tied the game.

Game Notes

Suns center Alex Len missed his second straight game with a sprained right
ankle … The Kings shot 45.3 percent from the floor, limiting the Suns to
36.3 percent … Phoenix scored 18 points off 17 turnovers.