I fully admit I have a basketball boner for DeMarcus Cousins. I have since he was a Wildcat. And after watching him the last two weeks, you have one too. Admit it. The guy is an absolute stud on the court. Yes, he has his issues – and you’d hope they’ll mature down the road, but sweet pumpkin patch on a stripper pole, the guy can ball.
Cousins lead the Kings with a 28/8/6/block line (yes, you read that right…read it again actually. It’s fun) while his partner in crime for the evening, Francisco Garcia dropped in his own impressive 20/11 rebounds with 3 blocks. The usual suspects, Beno Udrih and Tyreke Evans both had extremely quiet nights in the Kings win, Udrih only playing fifteen minutes after banging knees with Steve Nash and Evans struggling throughout, even declining an opportunity to return to the game late during the Kings epic run. Some people have made a bit more issue out of that then need be – he simply saw a team going for the jugular and didn’t want to disrupt it. Simple as that. Nothing more, nothing less.
The Kings came into the fourth quarter trailing by 8 points, but in the final five plus minutes, went absolutely bananas blasting the Suns out of Arco on a 19-2 run to close the game. A five headed unit of Omri Casspi, DeMarcus Cousins, Pooh Jeter, Carl Landry, and Francisco Garcia simply outhustled, outworked, outdefended, and outplayed the veteran lead Suns cast. Both Cousins and Casspi played fantastic defense down the stretch and both hit equally big shots, Cousins a circus and-1 late to tie the game with Casspi nailing a heart crushing three pointer over the outstretched fingertips of Vince Carter to finish them off.
It was a most impressive win for the Kings, especially considering their backcourt duo of Evans and Udrih were completely silent.