Instant Replay: Cousins' efforts not enough as Kings fall to Warriors


Instant Replay: Cousins' efforts not enough as Kings fall to Warriors


SAN JOSE -- After the Golden State Warriors drubbed the Los Angeles Clippers by 45 on Tuesday night, the newly formed Sacramento Kings must have looked like easy money. But this isn’t the 2015-16 Kings.

Dave Joerger has his team ready to play, and while it’s only a preseason, his squad is already showing a defensive personality that was completely lacking last season. The tenacious Kings challenged every shot the Warriors hoisted up, but struggled to score down the stretch as they went to their young players. The high-scoring reigning Western Conference champion Warriors pulled away in the fourth for the 105-96 victory, but it was an extremely entertaining 48 minutes of basketball.

DeMarcus Cousins owned the Warriors frontline, scoring a team-high 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting in just 20 minutes of action. The All-Star center added six rebounds, buried a pair of 3-pointers and handed out two assists in the loss.

Matt Barnes set the crowd on fire with a playoff caliber foul of JaVale McGee in the third. The veteran wing was brought in for his toughness and he brought it on Thursday night at the SAP Center. He finished the night with 12 points, eight rebounds and four assists in an entertaining 21 minutes of play.

Darren Collison sat out the contest as a healthy scratch and turned the point guard duties over to Ty Lawson and Garrett Temple. Lawson dropped in seven points and three assists in 21 minutes, while Temple played an impressive 20 minutes, finishing with 13 points, five rebounds and five assists.

Kevin Durant led all scorers with 25 points, hitting 4-of-6 from long range. Stephen Curry added 13 points and five assists and Klay Thompson chipped in 11 in limited minutes.

STANDOUT PERFORMER -- Cousins was an unstoppable force. He ended up in foul trouble, but he is primed to have another big season as the Kings’ main offensive cog

TURNING POINT -- Barnes’ hardnose play in the third changed the momentum of the game. He’s not the most popular player in the league, but his teammates love him and he will grow on Kings fans. Sacramento struggled in the fourth with their young players on the court, but this was an 88-88 tie after three quarters.

INJURY UPDATE -- Omri Casspi missed the game with what is being called a very minor hip strain. Darren Collison was a healthy scratch.

WHAT'S NEXT -- The Kings return home to open the new Golden 1 Center on Monday night against Maccabi Haifa.

Vince Carter 'very humbled' to pass Patrick Ewing on all-time scoring list

Vince Carter 'very humbled' to pass Patrick Ewing on all-time scoring list

SACRAMENTO -- Half man, half amazing. Vincanity. Air-Canada. V.C.

Vince Carter has plenty of nicknames on his bio. He also has plenty of achievements over his long NBA career. On Monday night in Sacramento, he added a new one.  

With his seven point performance in the Kings’ 106-90 loss to the Detroit Pistons, the 41-year-old forward surpassed a former teammate on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

“It means a lot, because in my days in Orlando, I played with Pat Ewing and know him very well,” Carter said following the game.

Carter came into the night needing five points to tie Ewing’s 24,815 mark for 22nd place on the all-time scoring list.

In the early second quarter, Carter stole a pass from Andre Drummond at the top of the key  and flew down for a breakaway jam to move within three points of Ewing.

“It’s fun for everyone, just to show I can still do it,” Carter said of the dunk. “I think I’ve proven I can, but it’s still fun. I told James Ennis on the way, I said, ‘stay back, don’t foul me.’”

Ennis likely couldn’t have caught Carter either way, but the slam got the Kings crowd going.

At the 4:12 mark of the second, Carter drilled a 12-footer to move within one point of Ewing and with 29.5 seconds remaining in the third, Carter knocked down a 26-foot 3-pointer that rattled around and tried to spin out.

That was the last bucket of the evening for Carter, giving him 24,817 for his 20-year career. He now sits alone in 22nd place, two points ahead of the former New York Knicks star center.

“That’s crazy,” 20-year-old De’Aaron Fox said. “That’s a lot of buckets. Top-25, that’s huge - a lot of guys won’t get close to that.”

Carter now sits just 375 points behind legendary Laker, Jerry West for 21st place and 462 shy of Reggie Miller for a spot in the top 20.

“When you talk about (being) in the top 25 in scoring all-time, you just look at the list of the greats and elite players and the best of the best that still play, and to be in that group, I’m very humbled and thankful for it,” Carter told the media scrum surrounding his locker.

Carter was away from the team over the weekend dealing with a death in the family. He returned to Sacramento to play on Monday, but did so with a heavy heart.

For most of his life, the basketball court has been his place to escape. After two decades as a pro, it still has that effect.

“I just still love it, it’s been great to me, it gives me an opportunity to be around the younger generation and still be around the game I love and accomplish things like this,” Carter said.

He’s played sparingly for Sacramento this season, but his impact on the bench, in practice and behind the scenes as a leader and mentor to the young Kings has been immeasurable.

Carter hasn’t committed to retiring following the season. He will weigh his options, but there is a possibly he will look for one last run at an NBA championship.

Carter passes Ewing on all-time scoring list


Carter passes Ewing on all-time scoring list

SACRAMENTO -- Moving on up. Vince Carter came into Monday evening’s matchup against the Detroit Pistons needing just five points to surpass Patrick Ewing for 22nd place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. He got that and a little more.

Carter, 41, picked off a Pistons pass in the second quarter and hammered down a breakaway dunk to score his first two points of the evening. He knocked down a jumper in the lane before halftime to get within one point of Ewing and then moved ahead of the 7-footer with a 3-pointer in the third quarter.

The 20-year NBA veteran now sits at 24,817 points. He is 375 points behind the great Jerry West’s 25,192, who currently sits in 21st place on the all-time list.