DeMarcus Cousins Passes Chris Webber
DeMarcus Cousins scored 18 of his game-high 37 points in the third quarter against the Nets in Brooklyn on Sunday, and in the process passed Kings’ legend Chris Webber for third place in team history in Sacramento-era scoring with 8,846 points. C-Webb has 8,843.
Now in his seventh season, Cousins has passed Webber in rebounds, steals and double-doubles. Cousins was astounded when told he had also passed him in scoring.
“That’s incredible,” Cousins said. “I really don’t like to speak on Chris Webber’s legacy, especially in Sacramento. He’s the biggest icon to walk through the city. I’m honored and excited. I never thought that would happen. It’s dope.”
Matt Barnes’ Ejection
Matt Barnes was ejected with 9:35 left in the final term and his team leading by 18. Following his ejection for a Flagrant 2, the Nets went on a 12-2 run before the Kings countered with a 16-0 run of their own to seal the win.
“I was scared there for a second because they went on a run, and I was like, man, did I cost the team the game?” Barnes said. “So I was nervous back here (in the locker room), but we regained focus, went on a run of our own and closed the game out strong.
“I got a Flagrant 2, which wasn’t a Flagrant 2, but luckily we were able to keep our composure. They were able to make a quick run after I got thrown out.”
Dave Joerger Praises Boogie
Coach Dave Joerger spoke about the advantages of having a guy like Boogie Cousins when it comes to forcing opposition coaches to remain on their toes when coming up with defensive schemes to stop him.
“(Cousins is) a difficult cover because he can play facing you or with his back to the basket, he can shoot a little bit, he can drive a little bit,” said Joerger. “He creates a lot of contact and goes to the free-throw line. You look at that, and you say, how can you take him for granted? He had 37 points and 11 rebounds.”