Cousins, Kings dominate Nuggets

Sacramento, CA ( – DeMarcus Cousins was at his best on
Wednesday, pouring in 30 points with 11 rebounds in just 22 minutes of action
as his Sacramento Kings beat the Denver Nuggets for the second time this week
with a 131-109 decision.

Cousins shot 10-of-14 from the floor and made 10 of his 11 free throws for the
Kings, winners in four straight after opening the season with a home loss to
Golden State. They topped the Nuggets in Denver on Monday, 110-105.

Rudy Gay continued his hot start to the season with 29 points, and Carl Landry
added 18 off the bench.

Randy Foye’s 19 points led the way for Denver, which got 13 points and nine
assists from Ty Lawson.

Denver’s only lead of the game came early on, when Chandler’s triple made it
3-2. Ben McLemore hit two free throws and a turn-around jumper at the other
end, and Sacramento led the rest of the way.

Cousins nearly matched the Nuggets by himself in the first quarter, scoring 16
to their 19. Gay chipped in with nine, Darren Collison scored seven and the
Kings led 40-19 after one.

Denver controlled the second quarter, opening the frame on a 6-0 run and
pulling back within nine points midway through after Foye’s 3-pointer. Twice
the deficit reached eight, but Cousins’ dunk seconds before halftime made it

The third quarter played out much like the first, with the Kings asserting
their dominance. Two Gay free throws at 7:09 capped a 14-4 run, and the rout
was back on.

Sacramento led 105-72 after three and cruised with its reserves down the

Game Notes

The Kings won the rebounding margin, 40-32 … Omri Casspi scored 11 off the
Kings bench. Collison had 10 points and eight assists … Sacramento kicks off
a four-game road trip in Phoenix on Friday.