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Cousins scores 31, Kings beat Raptors 105-96

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Cousins scores 31, Kings beat Raptors 105-96

TORONTO (AP) DeMarcus Cousins scored a season-high 31 points and matched his career high with 20 rebounds, John Salmons scored eight of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and the Sacramento Kings beat the Toronto Raptors 105-96 on Friday night.

Jason Thompson scored 14 points and Isaiah Thomas had 11 as the Kings won their second straight road game. Sacramento had gone 1-13 away from home before winning at Cleveland on Wednesday.

The Kings have won six of eight overall following their second five-game losing streak of the season.

Kyle Lowry scored 24 and Ed Davis had 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Raptors, who came in having won eight of nine and a season-best five straight at home.

Alan Anderson scored 20, DeMar DeRozan had 14 and Jose Calderon added 13 for the Raptors, who also lost 107-100 at Sacramento on Dec. 5.

The Raptors' fate was sealed in a dreadful third quarter that saw them make just three of 21 field goal attempts and commit six turnovers as Sacramento turned a one-point halftime lead into a 19-point advantage heading into the fourth.

The Raptors went 11 for 39 from the field in the second half after going 19 for 40 in the first.

Cousins had nine points, four rebounds and three assists in the first quarter as Sacramento led 23-22. Anderson scored seven points as Toronto replied with a 17-5 spurt to start the second, taking a 39-31 lead with 7:02 to play. But Sacramento closed the half on an 8-0 run to lead 54-53 at intermission.

The Kings surged ahead with a 12-0 run to open the second half as Toronto fell apart. Toronto was outscored 28-10 overall as the Kings used 10 points from Cousins to take an 82-63 lead into the final quarter.

NOTES: Cousins' previous high this season was 29 points, set against Brooklyn on Nov. 18. This was the third 20-rebound game of his career. ... Toronto F Linas Kleiza (right knee) missed his third straight game. ... Sacramento G Marcus Thornton (left ankle) missed his third straight game. ... Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista and first baseman Adam Lind attended the game.

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Amari Cooper is confident — like, supremely confident — in the Cowboys receivers this year

Amari Cooper is confident — like, supremely confident — in the Cowboys receivers this year

The Washington Football Team would love to see a wide receiver eclipse 1,000 yards in 2020, especially considering they haven't had a pass catcher achieve that milestone since 2016.

Amari Cooper, meanwhile, believes the Cowboys could finish the year with a trio of players above the four-digit mark.

In speaking with Dallas' website recently, Cooper called his new teammate, CeeDee Lamb, the "best player on the board" when the franchise drafted Lamb 17th overall this past April. And Cooper's already adamant that Lamb will fit in quite well with himself and Michael Gallup.

"I think the expectation is to have three 1,000-yard receivers this year," Cooper said.

In the history of the sport, only five offenses have been able to pull off such a feat. The 2008 Cardinals, with Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin and Steve Breaston, were the last to do so. In 1989, Washington made it happen, thanks to contributions from Art Monk, Ricky Sanders and Gary Clark.

So, no pressure, dudes.

Perhaps Cooper forgot that Ezekiel Elliott is also on the roster, and he's someone that tends to be involved a decent amount on Sundays. Regardless, Cooper is clearly confident in the damage he and his fellow wideouts are capable of this season.

Hopefully he's wrong, though, because nobody likes it when anyone on the Cowboys is proven correct. 

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Kevin Durant gives his NBA Finals predictions

Kevin Durant gives his NBA Finals predictions

While a number of teams are fighting to be the favorite heading into the NBA Playoffs, the Los Angeles Clippers picked up a key endorsement from Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant.

When asked who he thought will win it all this year, Durant chose the Clippers defeating the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA Finals and upsetting the No. 1 seed Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Finals. 

"They're just so deep," Durant said of the Clippers on “Play For Keeps” podcast. "They haven't had their whole team together at once for a long period of time yet, and that talent is just undeniable. When you have [Paul George] and Kawhi [Leonard] at the wings, that's what you need to win is wings. You got those two at the wings, arguably top three, top four at the wing position on one team."

So far in Orlando, the Clippers have gone 1-2 after defeating the New Orleans Pelicans and falling to the Lakers and Phoenix Suns. As of now, they hold the two-seed in the Western Conference playoff picture and would face the Dallas Mavericks in the first round. However, they are currently just a half a game ahead of the Denver Nuggets with five seeding games remaining.

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The Lakers clinched the one-seed last week and are up six games in the standings over their cross-town rivals.

ESPN’s playoff odds gave the Clippers a 10% chance of winning it all. They ranked third behind the Bucks with a 49.7% chance and the Lakers at 18.7%. 

Durant chose Los Angeles over his own team, the Brooklyn Nets, who are also in a good position to make the playoffs as the current seven-seed in the East Conference. However, the Nets are playing in Orlando without eight players including a number of starters like Kyrie Irving, DeAndre Jordan, Spencer Dinwiddie and Durant, who missed the entire regular season after tearing his Achilles during the 2019 NBA Finals.

If his team retains the seven-seed heading into the playoffs, they would likely face the Toronto Raptors, who Durant projected would fall to Milwaukee in the Eastern Conference Finals.

But regardless of seeding, Durant acknowledged it’s still anyone’s game.

“I hate doing that s---,” he said about predicting a winner. “You never know what could happen – you seen that with us last year.”

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