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Marcus Thornton made four 3-pointers and scored 11 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Sacramento Kings past the Portland Trail Blazers 117-100 on Monday night.
DeMarcus Cousins had 20 points and seven rebounds for the Kings. Jason Brooks added 16 points, James Johnson had 12, and Jimmer Fredette and Tyreke Evans 11 each.
Cousins came off the bench midway through the fourth to help boost the Kings. He scored six consecutive points, the final one a fastbreak layup that put Sacramento (2-0) ahead 107-93 with 5:06 left.
Rookie point guard Damien Lillard scored 20 points for Portland (1-2). LaMarcus Aldridge had 16 points and seven rebounds, Nicolas Batum scored 14, and Wesley Matthews and J.J. Hickson had 11 each.
Evans helped keep the Kings lead in double digits in the third quarter by scoring on a variety of drives to the basket. He had nine points and the Kings went into the fourth quarter ahead 91-78.
Lillard connected on three 3-pointers early in the third to rally Portland and scored 11 points in the quarter.
After a productive 10-point first half, Cousins picked up four personal fouls and a technical and went to the bench midway through the third quarter.
The Kings started offseason pickup Brooks at point guard and the move had immediate benefits. Brooks made two 3s and had 12 first-quarter points in helping Sacramento to a 62-42 halftime lead.
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Sleep Train Arena?
We are long since past the days when stadium names sounded cool, or nostalgic; its all about generating money. For one of basketball's oft-troubled franchises, the Sacramento Kings decided to take what they could get. Sleep Train Inc. was the winner in the Kings stadium naming rights sweepstakes, and their name will replace the current Power Balance Pavilion...
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The players drafted in 2009 have until October 31 to sign extensions with their teams or else they will become restricted free agents next summer...
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The Sacramento Kings exercised the 2013-14 contract options of center DeMarcus Cousins and guard Jimmer Fredette.
Kings President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie announced the move Wednesday, saying the team is looking forward to watching the two players grow.
Cousins is entering his third NBA season after being the fifth pick in the NBA draft in 2010. He averaged 18.1 points...
The Kings have exercised their team options for 13-14 on DeMarcus Cousins and Jimmer Fredette.