Cousins is averaging 28.7 points, 10.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists this season.
As noted by Buckner, DeMarcus Cousins admitted that he and John Wall "talk constantly" and said that "It's came up", when asked if the two ever thought of playing together in the National Basketball Association. I thought Jason [Smith] and [Gortat] did a good job with that. "The past couple games he's been pretty hot and keeping us into games". Washington received 15 of the 25 total whistles before halftime as Sacramento attempted 22 free throws, which is more than the Kings took in seven full games this season.
"It took 34 shots to get those 36 points, and probably four or five was just like, 'Are you kidding me?' Couldn't do anything better than what he did, but he made them", Brooks said.
Even if DeMarcus Cousins has failed to live up to his franchise player tag, the proper team for the Sacramento Kings to dance with is far from determined.
Cousins had 23 points and 14 rebounds after halftime.
Wall committed 11 of Washington's 24 turnovers and was called for one of the team's three first-half technical fouls. And then everything fell apart.
Cousins had scored 10 points in the Kings' 12-4 run to close regulation, his last on a tough runner over Gortat to tie it at 92 with 10.1 seconds left. Oubre took three shots.
"It was just a nasty game from start to finish", Cousins said. Bradley Beal scored 31 points on the night shooting 7-of-13 from three. But it was too little, too late.
If Wall and Bledsoe obliged and joined Boogie in Sacramento, the Kings would have one of the league's most talented teams - not to mention one of the most athletic.
The end result was another frustrating loss in a winnable game for the Kings.
By game time, Beal lived up to his words.
The Wizards led 88-80 with 5:12 left in the fourth quarter as the game began to slip away.
The Kings haven't finished with a winning record since the 2005-06 campaign, when they went 44-38 and lost in the first round of the playoffs.
Sacramento didn't look crisp from the opening tip. However, the Sacramento Kings got another glimpse of what they have in their starting center. So, here's Brooks' explanation of their strategy against Cousins, whom Markieff Morris referred to as the best scoring big man in the NBA: "We wanted to make sure the other guys didn't have a good game or All-Star type of game". "Offense was kind of stagnant tonight".
Like many games this season, the Kings can't contain the shooting guard of the opposing team.
Russell Westbrook got his third straight triple-double and almost did it by halftime, finishing with 27 points, 18 rebounds and 14 assists for his NBA-leading eighth of the season as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the New York Knicks 112-103 on Monday night.