Instant Replay: Cousins, Kings come alive in third to take down Lakers

Instant Replay: Cousins, Kings come alive in third to take down Lakers


SACRAMENTO -- The switch was hit. Dave Joerger must have said something special in his halftime speech to motivate his players on Monday night. After trailing by nine at the break, the Sacramento Kings dominated the Los Angeles Lakers in the third quarter to come away with a big 116-92 victory. 

This was a ball game, and then DeMarcus Cousins happened. The All-Star big went off for 16 of his 31 points in a wild third quarter. Cousins destroyed Timofey Mozgov in the post and then started raining down 3-balls. He added 16 rebounds and five assists, although he turned the ball over eight times..

With both Rudy Gay and Ben McLemore sidelined to injuries, Darren Collison stepped in and filled the scoring void. The veteran point guard scored 20 points on 7-for-10 shooting and added four assists.

Omri Casspi and Garrett Temple started the second half for Gay and McLemore and came up big. Casspi attacked the Lakers defense, scoring 13 points on 6-for-9 shooting. Temple added 16 points on 7-of-8 from the field.

Kosta Koufos added 10 points and seven rebounds as the Kings snapped their two-game losing streak.

D’Angelo Russell led the way for the Lakers, scoring 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting. Veteran Luol Deng added 16 points and four assists. 

Jordan Clarkson chipped in 15 points off the bench and the Kings cooled the red-hot shooting Lou Williams, holding him to just 14 points on 3-of-14 shooting. 

With the win, the Kings sent the Lakers away with their seventh consecutive loss. 


Cousins was a machine, but Collison’s impact on the game was huge. Collison’s been waiting for a breakout game and finally had it in a must-win game for Sacramento.


The Lakers walked out of halftime with a nine-point lead and ran into a buzzsaw. Cousins and company destroyed Los Angeles in the third quarter with a 39-13 run to take a 17-point lead into the fourth.


McLemore started the game, but only lasted four minutes before he took a knee to the thigh from Lakers big man Timofey Mozgov. McLemore did not return to the game with what is being listed as a left thigh contusion. Gay injured himself in the second quarter, going down with a right hip flexor injury and did not return. Matt Barnes missed his second game in three games to rest. 


The Kings begin another three-game road trip Wednesday against the Houston Rockets.

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.