As teams continue to throw their low-ball trade offers at the Sacramento Kings for DeMarcus Cousins, the much-maligned big man put together a triple-double to help lead his squad to a dominant 118-96 win over the struggling Boston Celtics.
Cousins had 12 points to go with 10 rebounds and 10 assists in what was arguably the stat line of the night, but it was truly a team performance for Sacramento on Sunday night.
Six players scored in double figures, including second-year stick of dynamite Isaiah Thomas with 27, John Salmons with 23 and Jason Thompson with 20.
Overall, the Kings shot a scorching 53.7 percent from the field and 50 percent from beyond the arc while the Celtics struggled to do anything right and trailed for pretty much the entire game.
With the loss, Boston falls to 14-16 on the season while Sacramento improves to 11-19 and 10-7 at home.
For a complete look at the box score, check out NBA.com.
Player of the Game: DeMarcus Cousins
Cousins, in just his second game since being suspended for being a bad boy, only shot 4-of-12 from the field but found other ways to contribute. He crashed the glass and found open teammates who knocked down outside shots.
Kings fans will be hoping these last two games are a sign of the new and improved Cousins, while teams around the NBA will really have to improve those offers if they want to land the talented 22-year-old.
Up Next for Boston
The Celtics get a few days off before trying to halt their three-game losing streak at home against the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.
Up Next for Sacramento
The Kings, now winners of two straight against the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics, travel to Detroit to take on the Pistons on New Year's Day on Tuesday.