Sacramento Kings defeat Atlanta Hawks for first time in almost eight years

DeMarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo

Kings guard Rajon Rondo (9) gets between teammate DeMarcus Cousins and a referee when the Sacramento center was questioning a call during their game against the Hawks on Thursday.

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DeMarcus Cousins had 24 points and 15 rebounds to help the Sacramento Kings beat Atlanta, 91-88, Thursday night for their fourth straight win and first against the Hawks in nearly eight years.

Rajon Rondo made a clutch basket in the fourth quarter and had his fifth triple-double of the season with 11 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for the Kings.

Sacramento had dropped 15 straight games to Atlanta since a 119-107 victory Feb. 20, 2008.

Ben McLemore had 14 points, Omri Casspi had 13 and Willie Cauley-Stein contributed 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Kings. Sacramento outhustled the Hawks on boards and held a 56-42 edge.


Paul Millsap had 14 points and 14 rebounds for Atlanta, which had its three-game win streak snapped. Dennis Schroder scored 14 points and both Al Horford and Kent Bazemore had 11.

Memphis 102, at Denver 101: Marc Gasol had 27 points, including a go-ahead three-point play with 12.2 seconds left, and the Grizzlies beat the Nuggets. Mike Conley had 20 points as the Grizzlies won their fourth in a row in front of NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.

at New Orleans 115, Detroit 99: Anthony Davis scored 32 points and the Pelicans beat the Pistons for their fourth victory in five games. Tyreke Evans had 22 points and 10 assists for the Pelicans, who raced to a 72-53 halftime lead and never allowed Detroit to get closer than nine points the rest of the way.

San Antonio 117, at Phoenix 89: Kawhi Leonard scored 21 points to lead the Spurs to a win over the Suns. Leonard, selected as an All-Star starter for first time in his career earlier in the day, scored eight of his points in the third quarter as San Antonio won its 12th straight game.


at Cleveland 115, Clippers 102

— associated press

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