|Date of game: 11/5/2014
Recap: Sacramento vs. Denver
Sacramento, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - DeMarcus Cousins was at his best on Wednesday, pouring in 30 points with 11 rebounds in just 22 minutes of action as his Sacramento Kings beat the Denver Nuggets for the second time this week with a 131-109 decision.
Cousins shot 10-of-14 from the floor and made 10 of his 11 free throws for the Kings, winners in four straight after opening the season with a home loss to Golden State. They topped the Nuggets in Denver on Monday, 110-105.
"Playing defense, I believe, helps build chemistry. We trust in one another and it's going over to the other side of the floor," Cousins said.
Rudy Gay continued his hot start to the season with 29 points, and Carl Landry added 18 off the bench.
Randy Foye's 19 points led the way for Denver, which got 13 points and nine assists from Ty Lawson.
"Every game is going to be a tough game for us, we've not that good right now," Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said.
Denver's only lead of the game came early on, when Chandler's triple made it 3-2. Ben McLemore hit two free throws and a turn-around jumper at the other end, and Sacramento led the rest of the way.
Cousins nearly matched the Nuggets by himself in the first quarter, scoring 16 to their 19. Gay chipped in with nine, Darren Collison scored seven and the Kings led 40-19 after one.
Denver controlled the second quarter, opening the frame on a 6-0 run and pulling back within nine points midway through after Foye's 3-pointer. Twice the deficit reached eight, but Cousins' dunk seconds before halftime made it 68-54.
The third quarter played out much like the first, with the Kings asserting their dominance. Two Gay free throws at 7:09 capped a 14-4 run, and the rout was back on.
Sacramento led 105-72 after three and cruised with its reserves down the stretch.Game Notes
The Kings won the rebounding margin, 40-32 ... Omri Casspi scored 11 off the
Kings bench. Collison had 10 points and eight assists ... Sacramento kicks off
a four-game road trip in Phoenix on Friday.