Instant Replay: Cousins wins battle of bigs, Kings edge Nuggets

Instant Replay: Cousins wins battle of bigs, Kings edge Nuggets


After two straight losses, the Sacramento Kings gritted one out in Denver Tuesday night, coming away with a much needed road win against a young Nuggets team. The Kings featured a balanced attack and picked up timely baskets when they needed them to pull out the 120-113 win. 

Darren Collison is finding his game. After a prolonged struggle, Collison has bounced back of late, posting big numbers as a second scoring option for Sacramento. The Nuggets had no answer for the Kings starting point guard who finished the night with 26 points on 10-of-16 shooting. Collison added seven assists and turned the ball over just twice in 35 minutes of action.

Nikola Jokic will see DeMarcus Cousins in his nightmares. Sacramento’s star big man dominated the Nuggets up-and-comer, scoring 31 points, grabbing six rebounds and handing out six assists in the win.

We have an Arron Afflalo sighting. Things haven’t gone as planned for Afflalo in his first season in Sacramento, but he came out firing Tuesday night against his former team. The 10-year NBA vet hit 8-for-11 from the field for a big 19 points off the Kings bench.

Big man Kosta Koufos played big in the post, dropping in 18 points on 8-of-9 shooting and grabbing five rebounds. Garrett Temple came up big late, scoring eight points while grabbing six rebounds and dishing out five assists.

Denver found their range early from behind the arc, torching the Kings for 11 3-pointers before the intermission. The Kings did a better job late, but the Nuggets still hit 18-for-38 shooting from deep on the night.

Danilo Gallinari is a matchup nightmare for the Kings. The sweet-shooting Italian knocked down 4-for-6 from the perimeter on his way to 24 points. 

Jusuf Nurkic went to work against the Kings’ big frontline. The third-year big poured in 16 points, six rebounds and four assists. Jokic struggled early, but still managed to score 18 points and grab seven rebounds and hand out five assists.

Shooting guard Gary Harris added 15 points and Darrell Arthur finished with 12 points as the Nuggets fell a game and half behind the Kings in the standings.  


Welcome back to Denver Arron Afflalo. The veteran shooting guard had his best game of the season coming off Dave Joerger’s bench after missing three games with an elbow injury. 


Sacramento played well down the stretch to outlast the Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. They pushed the lead to 11 midway through the fourth and never looked back on their way to their 15th win on the season.


Ty Lawson tried to give it a go in pregame after suffering a maxillary sinus fracture Saturday against Memphis. He has now been diagnosed with subconjunctival hemorrhage in his right eye (blurred vision). Rudy Gay missed his third straight and has now sat in nine of the Kings previous 10 games with a right hip flexor strain. 


The Kings return home following the game to face an injury decimated Miami Heat team Wednesday night at the Golden 1 Center. 

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.