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DeMarcus Cousins gets double-double, Kings beat Suns

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DeMarcus Cousins recorded his 6th double-double this season, scoring 19 points and registering 12 rebounds, to help the Sacramento Kings beat the Phoenix Suns, 113-106. Sacramento (4-7) has won just 3 of its last 10 games.

Cousins finished 4-14 from the field and 11-15 from the free throw line. Greivis Vasquez contributed 13 points and 6 assists for Sacramento as well. Goran Dragic had another big game for Phoenix in the loss, scoring 31 points on 10-20 shooting (3-6 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 8-9 from the free throw line. Marcus Morris added 13 points and 5 rebounds, Miles Plumlee finished with 12 points and 7 rebounds, and P.J. Tucker put up 12 points and 5 rebounds.

In a showdown of statistical strengths, the offense of Sacramento won the turnover battle against the defense of Phoenix that forces the league's fifth-most errors (opponents' TO% of 86.9%). The Kings ended this contest with a TO% of 10.1%, and make the fewest mistakes in the league this year (TO% of 13.1%). The Suns dished out 12 assists versus 17 turnovers, a ratio of just 0.71. They are 1-3 on the season when committing more errors than assists in a game. The Kings, on the other hand, are undefeated (2-0) when forcing opponents beneath 1.00 in assist-to-turnover ratio.

Phoenix (5-6) has now lost 4 straight games.

Coming up next, the Kings take on the Los Angeles Clippers, who are 8-5 on the year. The Suns match up with the Charlotte Bobcats, currently 6-6 this season. The Kings have a 0-1 record against Los Angeles this season.

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