Cousins leads Kings to rare victory over Spurs
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- DeMarcus Cousins had 25 points and 10 rebounds, helping the Sacramento Kings beat the San Antonio Spurs 94-91 on Saturday night.
The Kings, who had squandered leads of 24 and 26 points in losing their previous two games, snapped a nine-game losing streak to the Spurs, who had won 21 of the past 22 meetings.
Darren Collison had 19 points and Rudy Gay scored 18 for the Kings, who committed only nine turnovers.
Cousins sat out the entire second quarter with foul problems, and left the game briefly after getting a cut over his left eye late in the third quarter. He was limited to just under 27 minutes.
Manu Ginobili had 21 points, Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green scored 16, and Tim Duncan finished with 15 points and eight rebounds.
The Kings had dropped their previous 12 home games to the Spurs, dating to Nov. 26, 2007.
San Antonio took a one-point lead, its first since the second quarter, before Gay converted two free throws, Collison drove the lane and made a layup in traffic, and Cousin made two free throws, giving Sacramento a 93-88 lead with 21 seconds remaining.
Ginobili's three-point play cut it to 93-91, but Collison made one of two free throws before Ginobili shot an airball on the Spurs' last attempt.
The Spurs were looking to sweep their four-game road trip. They posted a league-best 30-11 road record last season en route to an NBA championship.
Spurs: Marco Belinelli missed his sixth straight game with a strained groin. . Kawhi Leonard wore a bandage over his left eye. He was hit in the face in Friday's game against the Lakers and the cut required five stitches.
Kings: Cousins picked up his second technical of the season for continuing to question a call during a first-quarter timeout. Cousins had two fouls in the game's first nine minutes and didn't return until the start of the third quarter. . Sacramento missed all 12 3-pointers.
Spurs: Host Philadelphia on Monday.
Kings: Host New Orleans on Tuesday.