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Cousins leads Kings in victory

Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, right, goes to the basket against Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas, of Lithuania, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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SACRAMENTO — DeMarcus Cousins had 25 points and 13 rebounds to help the Sacramento Kings beat the struggling Toronto Raptors 107-100 on Wednesday night.

The Kings used strong fourth-quarter play from Cousins and Tyreke Evans to earn a rare victory. Sacramento had dropped nine of its previous 11 games, including an embarrassing 35-point loss Sunday against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Evans, back in the starting lineup after missing the past two games with a bruised left knee, scored 10 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter. Jason Thompson added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Kings, while John Salmons scored 12 and Aaron Brooks 11.



Kyle Lowry scored 29 of his 34 points in the second half for the Raptors, who have lost two straight and eight of nine.

Lowry also had 11 assists and five rebounds. Mickael Pietrus scored 21 points, DeMar DeRozan added 14 and Ed Davis chipped in 13 points and 11 rebounds.




A poor 3-point shooter, Evans made two in a row within a 33-second span, the second one giving the Kings a 101-95 lead with 1:43 remaining. Lowry pulled the Raptors within four on his fourth 3 of the game, but the Kings made free throws to secure the victory.

After Lowry hit a 3 and followed with a shot in close, Cousins responded with a three-point play and a jumper, tying the score at 91 with 4:31 to go. A left-handed shot off the glass by Cousins put the Kings ahead 95-93 with 2:36 left.


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