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DeMarcus Cousins records first career triple-double against Celtics (VIDEO)

DeMarcus Cousins, Brandon Bass

Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, left, drives the baseline against Boston Celtics defender Brandon Bass during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012. The Kings won 118-96.(AP Photo/Steve Yeater)


How’s that for a showcase game? With trade winds swirling around DeMarcus Cousins, the big man went out and put his skills on full display for Celtics GM Danny Ainge to get a good long look at in a huge 118-96 win at home.

This wasn’t the prettiest triple-double game you’ll ever see -- Cousins was 4-for-12 from the field -- but the Kings absolutely dominated the Celtics, and Cousins keyed a lot of the action. He made the high-low pass, he ran the floor in transition, and he bullied Boston’s frontcourt much of the night.

Cousins hasn’t performed up to his talent level in the least bit, but when he does things like this on the floor, it’s a little easier to block out everything else and dream on his potential: