November 28, 2016, 6:58 pm
The Sacramento Kings lost a close one Monday after sending the game to overtime with a made basket from DeMarcus Cousins with around 10 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Cousins led all scorers with 36 points, and has now scored 30 or more points in four consecutive games.
Sacramento came out slow once again, going down by eight points early in the first quarter, but the bench once again helped them get back into the game. Kosta Koufos still appears to be a bad fit next to DeMarcus Cousins, and Arron Afflalo struggled to contain Bradley Beal, so changes to the starting lineup may be coming.
Here are some notes from the loss:
- The Washington Wizards struggled to take care of the ball, committing 23 turnovers in the game, but the Kings were unable to take advantage because of their own troubles with turnovers. Sacramento has made some serious improvements taking care of the ball this year, so their issues aren’t likely to continue moving forward. Either way, Sacramento will need to take advantage when teams give them opportunities like this.
- DeMarcus Cousins had another great game with 36 points and 20 rebounds, and he appears to have taken another step forward this season. Cousin’s improvements should help the team advance some in the Western Conference, and the performance is even more impressive considering the fact that it was the second game of a back-to-back.
- Willie Cauley-Stein saw some action in this game, registering 14 minutes on the court. Cauley-Stein has spent plenty of time on the bench recently, so it will be interesting to see if he continues to be part of the rotation moving forward. Given the situation, this may have just been an attempt to keep other players fresh.
Sacramento was unable to take advantage of some sloppy play from the Wizards, and would likely point to their struggles taking care of the ball as the reason for that. The loss moves the Kings to 7-11 on the season, and the team will now head to Philadelphia for a game against the 76ers Wednesday night.