Cousins guides Kings past Raptors, Celtics upset Thunder


DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings to their fourth win of the NBA season, while the Boston Celtics beat the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Cousins had a double-double, finishing with 36 points and 10 rebounds as the Kings rallied past the Toronto Raptors 107-101 at Sleep Train Arena.

The centre had 10 of his points in the fourth quarter, during which his team outscored the Raptors 28-19.

Cousins was ably supported by Rudy Gay (27 points) and Omri Casspi, who had 14 points off the bench.

The win marked the Kings' third straight after a 1-7 start to the season, while the Raptors slipped to 7-4.

DeMar DeRozan was the Raptors' leading scorer with 24, while Kyle Lowry had 22.

The Oklahoma City Thunder struggled in the fourth quarter as they went down to the Boston Celtics 100-85.

The Thunder went two-for-17 in the final quarter to finish with just 11 points as the Celtics rallied to a win.

Marcus Smart had 26 points for the Celtics, while Russell Westbrook (27 points) and Serge Ibaka (16 points and 10 rebounds) led the Thunder.

The Utah Jazz ended a three-game losing run with a thrilling 97-96 win over the Atlanta Hawks.

Paul Millsap finished with a game-high 28 points but missed a jump shot at the buzzer to win it for the Hawks.

The Los Angeles Lakers claimed just their second win of the season with a 97-85 victory over the Detroit Pistons.

Carmelo Anthony's 29 points and 13 rebounds helped the New York Knicks past the New Orleans Pelicans 95-87, with Anthony Davis (36 points and 11 rebounds) also starring.

The Memphis Grizzlies overcame the Minnesota Timberwolves 114-106, and the Charlotte Hornets held off the fast-finishing Portland Trail Blazers 106-94.