DeMarcus Cousins scored 36 points and his Sacramento Kings took advantage of the Toronto Raptors’ late-game collapse to net the 107-101 comeback victory Sunday night.
Cousins, who dropped 10 points in the crucial fourth quarter, also had 10 rebounds to complete his double-double plus 3 blocked shots. Former Raptor Rudy Gay added a season-high 27 points on an efficient 10-of-16 shooting.
No other starter was in double-figure scoring for the Kings but Rajon Rondo had another great all-around game with 7 points, 7 rebounds, 14 assists and 2 steals while Omri Casspi hit 6-of-9 shots for 14 points off the bench.
The Raptors appeared prime to take the road victory leading 99-91 with 4:22 to go in the game. However, the Kings unleashed an 11-2 run in the next three minutes to grab the 102-101 lead with 1:39 left. The Kings never relinquished the lead and the Raptors collapse couldn’t be averted as Cousins hit a crucial lay-up in the end game.
DeMar DeRozan finished with 22 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals while Kyle Lowry had 22 points, 7 assists and 4 steals but both Raptors missed crucial shots with under a minute to go. DeMarre Carroll and Cory Joseph added 17 points apiece for Toronto, which has now lost four of their last six games.
Sacramento has now won three in a row after starting the season at 1-7 thanks to Cousin’s return from an early season injury. Cousins has scored 33 points or more in their last three games.
The Kings will try to extend their winning streak as they take a five-game road trip with match-ups against the Atlanta Hawks, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Charlotte Hornets and Milwaukee Bucks in the next eight days.
Meanwhile, the Raptors will aim to be the first team to defeat the Golden State Warriors this season when they meet the undefeated team Tuesday.