Tuesday, June 19, 2018
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Cousins returns to dominate Magic

ORLANDO — At times during his career, frustration has gotten the best of DeMarcus Cousins.

He did the frustrating against the Magic.

Cousins had 29 points and 12 rebounds as the Kings held off the Magic 97-91 on Saturday.

It was just the latest complete performance for Cousins, who has recorded four straight games with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds. He also went 13 for 15 from the free throw line and had six assists.

"I don't think I was as aggressive as I usually am, but that's just kind of how the game went," Cousins said. "I didn't really have to be as aggressive, we kept moving the ball."

He was back after serving a one-game suspension for hitting former Gator Al Horford with a forearm to the head against the Hawks on Wednesday.

Cousins carried the offensive load for the Kings in the first half, scoring 15. Sacramento averaged nearly 104 points per game, but recovered from shooting just 37 percent from the field in the opening 24 minutes.

Rajon Rondo added 13 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for Sacramento, which had lost two in a row.

Trailing 65-61, the Kings outscored the Magic 22-2 in the final 5:03 of the third quarter to take an 83-67 lead into the fourth. Sacramento led by as many as 16 points in the final period.

"We came apart when the ball was thrown up (Saturday)," Magic coach Skiles said. "We just couldn't find a way to stabilize ourselves."

Tobias Harris led the Magic with 24 points and Evan Fournier added 17.

With a win, the Magic would've gone above .500 the first time since Nov. 6, 2013, when they beat the Clippers and improved to 3-2.

After being benched in the second half against the Timberwolves on Wednesday, center Nik Vucevic started and finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds, but again sat the entire fourth quarter as the Magic tried to get back into the game.

Warriors now 14-0

OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry scored 27 and the Warriors moved within one victory of matching the best start in league history, holding off the Bulls 106-94 late Friday to improve to 14-0. "It's a goal that's right here and now and it's something that we want to experience," Curry said. Golden State equaled the 1957-58 Celtics as the only defending champions to win their initial 14 games. The Warriors are one of five teams to begin 14-0, and will travel to Denver today. The Washington Capitols in 1948-49 and the Rockets in '93-94 share the record for starting 15-0.

SMITH NOT CHARGED: New York police said they have not arrested or charged Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith after a man accused the former Knick of choking him in New York's Chelsea neighborhood on Nov. 13. A police spokeswoman said that police did not see any visible bruising when the man made the report, and filed it as a harassment incident, with no charges or arrests. According to the New York Daily News, Smith, 30, reportedly confronted Justin Brown, 19, after being heckled.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas fractured the fourth metacarpal bone in his left hand on Friday. Valanciunas will have further tests on the non-shooting hand before the team determines how long he will be sidelined.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Nene scored 18 and the visiting Wizards beat the Pistons 97-95. … Kevin Love scored a season-high 25, LeBron James added 19 and the host Cavaliers beat the Hawks 109-97. … C.J. Miles scored 21 to lead the host Pacers to a 123-86 win over the Bucks.

Kings 97, Magic 91

SACRAMENTO (97): McLemore 3-12 2-2 8, Cousins 8-19 13-15 29, Cauley-Stein 1-5 0-0 2, Rondo 5-9 0-0 13, Collison 2-11 4-4 9, Casspi 5-11 0-0 11, Belinelli 3-7 5-6 13, Koufos 4-7 4-4 12. Totals 31-81 28-31 97.

ORLANDO (91): Fournier 7-20 0-0 17, Harris 10-16 4-4 24, Vucevic 5-10 1-2 11, Payton 3-12 0-0 7, Oladipo 4-11 1-2 11, Hezonja 1-3 0-0 3, Gordon 3-7 0-0 6, Dedmon 0-0 0-0 0, Smith 1-3 0-0 2, Napier 1-1 0-0 3, Nicholson 2-5 0-0 4, Frye 1-4 0-0 3. Totals 38-92 6-8 91.

Sacramento 27 26 30 14— 97

Orlando 22 25 20 24— 91

3-Point GoalsSacramento 7-20 (Rondo 3-4, Belinelli 2-5, Casspi 1-3, Collison 1-3, Cousins 0-2, McLemore 0-3), Orlando 9-31 (Fournier 3-11, Oladipo 2-5, Napier 1-1, Payton 1-2, Hezonja 1-3, Frye 1-3, Gordon 0-2, Harris 0-4). ReboundsSacramento 55 (Cousins 12), Orlando 54 (Vucevic 11). AssistsSacramento 23 (Rondo 9), Orlando 27 (Payton 9). Total FoulsSacra. 16, Orlando 26. TechnicalsFournier, Harris, Orlando Coach Skiles, Orlando defensive three second. A16,104 (18,500).

Pacers 123, Bucks 86

MILWAUKEE (86): Parker 4-8 2-2 10, Antetokounmpo 3-8 3-4 9, Monroe 4-10 3-4 11, Carter-Williams 3-5 1-3 7, Middleton 3-11 1-2 8, O'Bryant 2-6 0-0 4, Mayo 4-8 0-0 10, Henson 2-3 2-2 6, Vasquez 2-2 0-0 4, Bayless 1-5 0-0 3, Plumlee 2-6 0-0 4, Copeland 1-3 1-2 3, Vaughn 3-4 0-0 7. Totals 34-79 13-19 86.

INDIANA (123): Miles 7-16 4-5 21, George 6-17 5-6 20, Mahinmi 2-6 0-1 4, Ellis 5-9 1-3 12, Budinger 5-9 0-0 13, Allen 3-7 0-0 6, J.Hill 9-10 2-2 20, Stuckey 3-9 1-4 7, Robinson III 6-7 1-2 17, S.Hill 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 47-91 14-23 123.

Milwaukee 25 26 16 19— 86

Indiana 28 27 35 33— 123

3-Point GoalsMilw. 5-17 (Mayo 2-5, Vaughn 1-2, Middleton 1-4, Bayless 1-5, Copeland 0-1), Indiana 15-30 (Robinson III 4-4, Budinger 3-4, George 3-9, Miles 3-9, Ellis 1-1, S.Hill 1-1, Stuckey 0-2). ReboundsMilw. 48 (Monroe 14), Indiana 56 (J.Hill 11). AssistsMilw. 19 (Monroe, Carter-Williams, Vasquez 3), Indiana 28 (George 7). Total FoulsMilw. 19, Indiana 13. A17,137 (18,165).

Wizards 97, Pistons 95

WASHINGTON (97): Porter 6-12 3-4 17, Humphries 0-7 0-0 0, Gortat 7-11 0-0 14, Wall 4-11 0-0 8, Beal 3-8 1-3 7, Dudley 3-4 1-1 9, Sessions 2-5 8-10 14, Temple 3-6 1-2 8, Nene 9-10 0-0 18, Neal 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 38-78 14-20 97.

DETROIT (95): Morris 6-14 4-4 18, Ilyasova 7-10 3-4 18, Drummond 3-6 2-4 8, Jackson 8-18 3-3 20, Caldwell-Pope 6-11 0-1 16, Dinwiddie 2-7 2-3 6, Tolliver 0-1 0-0 0, Bullock 0-3 1-1 1, Baynes 2-3 0-1 4, Johnson 2-6 0-0 4. Totals 36-79 15-21 95.

Washington 30 22 23 22— 97

Detroit 24 28 21 22— 95

3-Point GoalsWashington 7-19 (Dudley 2-2, Sessions 2-3, Porter 2-3, Temple 1-3, Neal 0-2, Wall 0-2, Humphries 0-4), Detroit 8-26 (Caldwell-Pope 4-7, Morris 2-6, Ilyasova 1-2, Jackson 1-6, Bullock 0-2, Johnson 0-3). ReboundsWashington 48 (Gortat 8), Detroit 47 (Drummond 13). AssistsWash. 22 (Sessions 9), Detroit 20 (Jackson 9). Total FoulsWashington 19, Detroit 17. TechnicalsWashington defensive three second 2, Detroit delay of game. A15,890 (22,076).

Cavaliers 109, Hawks 97

ATLANTA (97): Sefolosha 6-12 0-0 13, Millsap 3-13 8-9 14, Horford 4-12 1-1 10, Schroder 3-8 0-0 7, Korver 4-10 3-4 14, Teague 3-12 5-5 13, Splitter 2-2 0-0 4, Patterson 0-2 0-0 0, Holiday 3-8 1-2 9, Muscala 1-3 4-4 7, Mack 2-3 0-0 4, Scott 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 32-86 22-25 97.

CLEVELAND (109): James 8-15 2-2 19, Love 9-15 5-6 25, Thompson 4-9 1-2 9, Dellavedova 4-6 3-3 12, Smith 5-18 1-1 15, Cunningham 3-9 1-2 8, Varejao 2-4 3-3 7, Jefferson 4-6 0-0 8, Jones 2-3 0-0 6, Kaun 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 41-85 16-19 109.

Atlanta 19 23 22 33— 97

Cleveland 27 30 20 32— 109

3-Point GoalsAtlanta 11-28 (Korver 3-6, Teague 2-3, Holiday 2-4, Muscala 1-1, Sefolosha 1-3, Schroder 1-3, Horford 1-3, Patterson 0-2, Millsap 0-3), Cleveland 11-29 (Smith 4-12, Jones 2-2, Love 2-7, Dellavedova 1-1, James 1-2, Cunningham 1-3, Jefferson 0-2). ReboundsAtlanta 47 (Millsap 11), Cleveland 57 (Thompson 16). AssistsAtlanta 22 (Millsap 5), Cleveland 27 (James 8). Total FoulsAtlanta 20, Cleveland 22. TechnicalsAtlanta Coach Budenholzer, Smith. Ejected—Atlanta Coach Budenholzer. A20,562 (20,562).

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Published: 06/19/18