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Cousins jumper at buzzer seals win
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SACRAMENTO  (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins made a jumper as time expired and finished with 28 points and 12 rebounds, giving the Sacramento Kings an 85-83 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night.

Cousins rescued the Kings from a fourth straight loss. Sacramento squandered a 14-point lead in the final quarter when it was outscored 24-12.

It was the fourth loss on the final shot for the Suns, and like ones by the Clippers’ Blake Griffin and Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton that hit rim or backboard first, it wasn’t a pretty one.

Cousins launched a 19-footer from the key that hit the rim several times before settling into the basket, setting of a huge celebration at midcourt by the struggling Kings.

Isaiah Thomas had 14 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter for the Suns, who have dropped four of five games. Goran Dragic added 13 points.

Ben McLemore had 13 points for the Kings. Making a rare start at point guard, Ramon Sessions had 10 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

Sacramento had dropped 11 of its previous 12 games and has played like a team in turmoil.

The Kings were without second-leading scorer Rudy Gay (sore left foot) and point guard Darren Collison, who missed his second straight game with an abdominal strain.

Thomas started in the backcourt for the absent Eric Bledsoe, who was home with his wife, who is expecting the couple’s first child. Bledsoe leads the Suns in scoring, assists and steals.

Thomas scored nine straight points to tie the game and Markieff Morris made a 16 footer to give the Suns an 83-81 lead with 1:21 left. Cousins tied the game on a drive to the basket with just under a minute to play.

Sacramento had a 9-5 record the first month of season, but has gone 9-27 since and lost its previous two homes games by 25 to Golden State and 23 point to Dallas.

Sacramento is 7-19 under coach Tyrone Corbin, whose job may be in jeopardy. There are rumors that George Karl will be hired at the All-Star break. Corbin began the season as an assistant and replaced the fired Michael Malone after 24 games.

The Kings outscored the Suns 25-17 in the third quarter to take a 73-59 lead. The Suns scored six unanswered points inside to pull within 77-72 midway through the fourth.


Suns: Thomas turned 26 Saturday and received a Bentley automobile as a birthday gift from his buddy, boxing champion Floyd Mayweather. . Starting center Alex Len missed his second straight game with a sprained right ankle. Miles Plumlee, the starter for the first 25 games, replaced Len.

Kings: Cousins picked up his fifth technical foul of the season in the second quarter. . Sacramento shot 52.8 percent in the opening half and led 48-42.