The Sacramento Kings played the best all around game they have played all season, as they beat the Boston Celtics 118-96. DeMarcus Cousins had his first career triple double with 12 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists. Isaiah Thomas scored a season high 27 points and added 5 assists. John Salmons had 23 points and 4 assists, and Joason Thompson added 20 points while grabbing 6 rebounds.
The Kings had 28 assists as they found each other on the offensive end of the floor, and played very smart basketball. The Kings continued to shoot the ball well shooting 53 percent from the field, and 50 percent from the beyond the three point line.
Sacramento out-rebounded the Celtics 45-36, and controlled the paint for most of the night. Boston tried to double team Cousins for most of the night, but paid the price as Cousins’ found his teammates regularly on his way to his first career triple double. Cousins 10 assists helped Jason Thompson to a 20 point scoring night as Thompson was very effective shooting 8-11.
Both John Salmons and Isaiah Thomas had very effective shooting nights shooting a combined 19-27 for 50 points. Thomas added 5 assists and Salmons added 4.
Boston had five players in double digit scoring, but shot the ball poorly, and were very inefficient offensively in the second half of the game.
Sacramento was without Tyreke Evans and Aaron Brooks tonight, and lost Marcus Thornton in the second half due to an ankle sprain. Evans status is uncertain, and has said he plans to get a second opinion on his knee. Aaron Brooks tweaked his ankle late in the Knicks game, and was resting the ankle tonight. Marcus Thornton twisted his ankle in the second half of tonights game, and had to be helped off the floor. His status will be determined tommorrow after he is evaluated by the Kings medical staff.
Sacramento played a solid all around game tonight, as they contested shots, found each other on the offensive end of the floor, and played smart basketball. The Kings showed what they are capable of against a veteran Knicks and Celtics team, and must continue to play tough basketball, and work their way back towards the .500 marker.