Cousins Shines In Summer League Debut

LAS VEGAS -- The Sacramento Kings (1-0) handed the Detroit Pistons (2-1) their first loss of the 2010 NBA Summer League in a 97-68 contest played in UNLV's Cox Pavilion Monday afternoon. The game was only close for the opening two minutes before Sacramento slowly claimed control en route to its 29-point victory. The Kings held a 21-point cushion in the first half before hitting the 30-point barrier midway through the fourth.

The Kings were led by a contingent of five double-figure scorers. Omri Casspi topped out with a game-high 16. Tyrese Rice followed closely behind with 15. DeMarcus Cousins, the fifth overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, notched a double-double with a combined 14 points and 10 rebounds. Ryan Thompson and Donte Green rounded out the quintet of high-scorers with 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Sacramento only trailed once in the game, falling behind by a 5-4 margin with 1:52 after the initial whistle. From that point on, they outscored Detroit 20-10 the remainder of the quarter for a nine-point lead after 10 minutes of action.

The second quarter was much of the same for the Kings with them owning a 24-16 edge in scoring. Sacramento quickly jumped to its first double-digit lead 19 seconds into the frame and maintained it from the 5:48 mark for the remainder of the affair.

After playing to a combined 23 points in the third, the teams erupted for 53 in the final 10 minutes. Sacramento threw down 31, while Detroit had 22 of its own.

Detroit was paced by a trio of 10-point scorers, DaJuan Summers, Mac Koshwal and A.J. Slaughter. All 10 of Slaughter's points came in 7:33 of action during the fourth quarter.

Koshwal joined Cousins in the double-double club with 12 boards, as well.

Sacramento returns to the court on Tuesday with a 5:30 pm tussle with in-state rival Los Angeles Lakers. Detroit will face the Miami Heat on Wednesday at 7:30 pm. Both games will take place in the Thomas & Mack Center.

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