The Sacramento Kings put aside the commotion swirling around DeMarcus Cousins, at least for a day, and focused on the New Orleans Hornets.
Cousins was absent Sunday night, told by coach Paul Westphal to stay away from the team after demanding a trade, and the Kings stopped a three-game slide with a 96-80 victory. Tyreke Evans had 27 points and Marcus Thornton scored 25 for Sacramento.
The 21-year-old Cousins was among several players who expressed frustration with the team's poor play after a 114-92 loss to the New York Knicks on Saturday.
Kings veteran forward Chuck Hayes said he's tried to counsel Cousins regarding his emotional swings that have led to outbursts on and off the court the last two seasons.
''Maybe it takes him a couple of more years to really get it,'' Hayes said. ''As good as he is talented, that's how emotional he is as well. You have to have a short-term memory in this game. That's my young fella, my teammate. If he wants to come back everyone on his team wou...