Sacramento, CA – No one expected the New Orleans Hornets ten game winning streak to end while facing the Sacramento Kings. In fact, only a few teams this season have caught a ten or more game “winning streak” which is difficult to maintain. But for the Kings their winning ways continued behind another great night from the rookie.
DeMarcus Cousins finished with 25 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists to lead Sacramento to their second consecutive win beating the Hornets 102-96. Another spectacular night from Cousins who is becoming better and better, he got off to a great start recording his first 10 points in the first quarter.
“I believe I’m just playing a lot better and it’s starting to show,” Cousins said. “The team’s playing great ball, sharing the ball, playing great team defense and the results are getting W’s.” “Hopefully we can keep it going!”
The bench came in early in the second quarter and provided a spark that kept the momentum going. Donte Greene got the crowd on their feet with a 1-handed dunk then followed with a 3-point basket. Point guard Pooh Jeter also followed with another 3-point shot, kept a fast pace rhythm on the floor and they finished the quarter leading by 10 points.
“We’re adjusting to a consistent rotation,” said Jeter. “Each of us are becoming better in our job, we’re clicking a lil bit and it feels good.” “Once we can play to our potential we can make some noise.”
They did more than make noise, the Kings continued their lead in the third while New Orleans struggles became worse. No defense led to turnovers and missed shots which increased their frustration. All-Star guard Chris Paul finished the game with 19 points and 7 assists while David West had 21 points and 7 rebounds.
“We couldn’t guard them,” West said. “It’s frustrating, we didn’t have it tonight, we couldn’t stop them.”
Could defense and a consistent rotation be the missing pieces to winning? Tonight, everything feel into place for Sacramento especially Cousins game. This is a different center than what we saw in the beginning of the season. His ability to play with more confidence and dominate the paint is the biggest and much needed change.
“I’ll tell you DeMarcus, for the last several games has been phenomenal” coach Paul Westphal said. “We always want to be on the lookout for an explosion!”
Written by: Malaika Bobino