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Kings center DeMarcus Cousins suspended 1 game

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Kings center DeMarcus Cousins suspended 1 game

MILWAUKEE (AP) Sacramento center DeMarcus Cousins was suspended for one game without pay by the NBA on Wednesday for striking Dallas' O.J. Mayo in the groin area in the Kings' road loss Monday night.

Cousins sat out the Kings' game Wednesday night at Milwaukee.

``Obviously, you miss a tremendous piece to your team when you have been playing pretty decent of late,'' Kings coach Keith Smart said before the game against the Bucks. ``When you lose a guy like Cousins it's tough because you can't replace what he brings to your team. We are going to try, but it won't be easy.''

It's the second suspension of the season for Cousins, who missed two games in November after confronting San Antonio Spurs broadcaster Sean Elliott following a game.

Cousins leads the Kings in scoring (17.2 points per game), rebounds (9.9) and steals (1.4). He had 25 points in 35 minutes in the 119-96 loss at Dallas on Monday.

``They (the NBA) are making the message very clear,'' Smart said. ``There is nothing that you can do that won't be seen by the league. Sometimes during the course of a basketball game there are going to be things that may happen, and players will sometimes target certain players. DeMarcus has to be a bigger man and move away from anything that may distract him because it hurts our team. . One thing is very clear: The league will not tolerate any of this.''

VCU loses fourth consecutive game to St. Louis

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VCU loses fourth consecutive game to St. Louis

ST. LOUIS -- Javonte Perkins had 25 points as Saint Louis topped VCU 80-62 on Friday night.

Hasahn French had 18 points for Saint Louis (19-8, 8-6 Atlantic 10 Conference). Terrence Hargrove Jr. added 11 points. Jordan Goodwin had 10 points.

Marcus Santos-Silva had 11 points for the Rams (17-10, 7-7), who have now lost four consecutive games. De'Riante Jenkins added 10 points.

Saint Louis plays Saint Joseph's at home on Wednesday. VCU faces UMass on the road on Wednesday.

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Tristan Thompson calls Bradley Beal one of the best shooting guards in the league

Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson spoke with reporters after the team's victory over the Wizards Friday night, praising Bradley Beal, who was snubbed from All-Star consideration this season despite averaging nearly 30 points-per-game.

The Cavaliers held the Wizards to just 21 points in the fourth quarter, and Thompson said their main focus was neutralizing Beal.

"The Wizards are really good offensively when they are making their runs," Thompson said postgame. "Bradley Beal is an All-Star in our league. One of the top-three two-guards in our league right now, so we were just trying to make it tough for him."

Beal finished the night with 26 points, but struggled from the floor. Beal shot 9-for-28 from the floor and the Cavaliers' stingy defense was clearly a factor.

Beal and the Wizards will have a chance to get back on track on Sunday night at Capital One Arena when they host the Chicago Bulls for the final time this season.

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