NBA: Kings' Cousins scores 17 straight, beats Suns

2013-03-29T00:00:00Z NBA: Kings' Cousins scores 17 straight, beats SunsThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 29, 2013 12:00 am  • 

PHOENIX - DeMarcus Cousins put his full array of skills on display Thursday night.

Cousins scored 17 consecutive points in the first half and finished with 34 in the Sacramento Kings' 117-103 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night.

"I didn't even realize it," Cousins said. "I was more caught up in the turnover I had. That's some of the advantages I do have, my size and the ability to shoot the ball, so I just took advantage of it."

Cousins scored his first points on four free throws and a dunk, then started extending his range. He hit a 19-footer, scored on a dunk, hit another 19-footer, a long three-pointer and finally a 21-foot jumper as Sacramento took a 38-32 lead after the first.

"We have a unique big man," Kings coach Keith Smart said. "He's a big who can play big but has the skills of a guard and a perimeter player. He has the whole package. When everything comes along in his life, when he grows up and sells into how he plays every night in the NBA, he'll be a special talent."

Luis Scola led the Suns with 25 points, P.J. Tucker had a career-high 18, and Michael Beasley added 14 points and eight rebounds. Phoenix has lost five straight, nine of 10 and 11 of its past 13.

"This is a rough loss regardless of who scored tonight," Scola said. "I don't think it's just one thing. We are making a lot of mistakes. It has been a rough year all along."

• Bucks 113, Lakers 103: In Milwaukee, Larry Sanders scored 13 of his career-high 21 points in the third quarter, and Milwaukee rallied to beat Los Angeles.

Sanders was 8 of 11 from the floor and had 13 rebounds.

The Lakers announced after the game that Kobe Bryant has a bone spur in his left foot. He left the arena using one crutch, but appeared to be walking without pain.

Bryant led the Lakers with 30 points, leaving him four points behind Wilt Chamberlain for fourth place on the NBA's career list. Bryant played 36 1/2 minutes and didn't show any signs of difficulty during the game.

"Inflamed on me. I'll be all right," Bryant told Yahoo Sports.

The Lakers' Dwight Howard had 15 points and 15 rebounds, and Steve Nash scored 16 points.

Monta Ellis scored eight points for Milwaukee during a late 12-3 run, and the Lakers never got closer than eight the rest of the way.

• Pacers 103, Mavericks 78: In Dallas, Paul George had 24 points and eight rebounds, and Indiana broke open a close game in the third quarter.

George scored 13 points in the third, including eight in a 20-5 run that broke a tie game at halftime.

The first-place Pacers won their fourth straight and have a half-game lead for the second-best record in the Eastern Conference.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 points for Dallas, which remained 1 1/2 games behind the Lakers in the race for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Rim shots

• Everyone in the Timberwolves locker room on Wednesday night believed the Lakers' Kobe Bryant got away with a foul that allowed Los Angeles to hold on to a much-needed victory in Minnesota 120-117.

On Thursday, the NBA agreed with them: "Video review by the league office confirmed that Kobe Bryant fouled (Ricky) Rubio while Rubio was in his shooting motion," the league said on its website. "Rubio should have been awarded three free throws."

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