Instant Replay: Cousins goes off for 55 points in wild win over Trail Blazers

Instant Replay: Cousins goes off for 55 points in wild win over Trail Blazers


SACRAMENTO -- Santa Cuz and his elves delivered Christmas joy a few days early Tuesday night at Golden 1 Center. Everyone who stepped on the floor gave coach Joerger something as the Sacramento Kings knocked off the Portland Trail Blazers by a final of 126-121.

Cousins was unstoppable. The two-time All-Star plowed through the Blazers frontline, hitting 17-for-28 from the field and 16-of-17 from the free throw line for 55 points and 13 rebounds.

With the Kings struggling to find a second scoring option, the entire second unit stood up.

Ty Lawson looked like the fire plug that led the Denver Nuggets to the playoffs a few years back. The veteran point guard attacked the star-studded backcourt of the Blazers, scoring 16 points and eight assists running the second unit.

Anthony Tolliver got it going from the outside, knocking down 3-for-4 from long range on his way to 11 points. Arron Afflalo kicked in 11 and Garrett Temple played stifling defense as the Kings improved to 11-17 on the season.

The Blazers tout one of the best backcourts in the game and they didn’t disappoint. C.J. McCollum got hot early and the Kings had no way to cool him down. He broke Sacramento’s defense down and finished with an array of trick shots on his way to 36 points on 13-for-22 shooting.

With McCollum putting on a show, Damian Lillard played distributor. The All-Star guard finished the night with 24 points and 15 assists in the loss.

Mason Plumlee was the beneficiary of plenty of those passes from Lillard. He finished high above the rim for one alley-oop after another, dropping in 27 points and added 13 rebounds.


Cousins was a star. McCollum put up big numbers too, but once the big fella gets rolling, there is very little you can do to stop him.


The Kings bench came to play. Tolliver, Temple, Afflalo, Lawson and Cauley-Stein combined to drop in 49 points, outscoring Portland’s bench by 26.


With less than 30 seconds remaining, Cousins was tossed from the game after picking up his second technical foul. Upon review, the officials summonsed the star big back to the court where he came up with the defensive play of the night to help preserve the win.


Rudy Gay missed his fourth straight game with a right hip flexor strain, but hopes to return Wednesday night when the Kings travel to Utah to face the Jazz. Omri Casspi sat for the third straight contest with an illness. He underwent blood tests on Monday and has a virus.


The Kings jump right back into the fray Wednesday night when they face the Utah Jazz on the second night of a back-to-back at Vivint Smart Home Arena.

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.