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Kings at Lakers: DeMarcus Cousins Scores 22 in the First Half, Kings Lead 59-55

DeMarcus Cousins didn’t let up on his scoring onslaught in the 2nd quarter. He scored 10 in the quarter to finish with 22 points (on 9-13 shots), 5 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal at the half. His career high is 28 points so it seems likely he’ll reach or surpass that total tonight. Most importantly perhaps, he only has one personal foul. He did get whacked across the face by Kobe Bryant late in the half that seemed to bother him, but he managed to hit both free throws before returning to the bench.

The Kings as a team are shooting 59.1% , compared to the Lakers 52.6%, and they are also managing to outrebound Los Angeles by 6. The Lakers meanwhile have a big free throw advantage (12-14 to 5-5) and also in turnovers (3 to the Kings’ 7).

Kobe Bryant got a nice breather in the 2nd so he didn’t score another 21 in the 2nd but he still managed to score 26 on 10-14 shots, as well as 2 assists and 3 steals. He didn’t get much help scoring-wise from his teammates however, as the next highest point total was Andrew Bynum with 6.

Sacramento also got some nice production from Omri Casspi (10 points), Carl Landry (8), and Samuel Dalembert (7). Tyreke Evans only scored 4 points, but he also had 3 assists, 2 rebounds and a steal. Evans was only able to play 13 minutes in the half due to foul trouble.

Sacramento has had trouble closing out games all year, and the Lakers are not just any other team. The Kings have their work cut out for them if they are going to hold on for the upset.