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December 30, 2012
In-game blog: Kings vs. Celtics

FINAL
Kings 118, Celtics 96

The Kings (11-19) won their second game in a row led by Isaiah Thomas (27 points, five assists), John Salmons (23 points), Jason Thompson (20 points) and the first career triple-double for DeMarcus Cousins (12 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists).

The 10 assists are a career high for Cousins.

The Kings shot 53.7 percent for the game and registered 28 assists, the fourth consecutive game the Kings have had at least 28 assists.

Paul Pierce led Boston (14-16) with 20 points.

THIRD QUARTER
Kings 84, Celtics 73

The Kings lost another guard to injury. Marcus Thornton landed awkwardly after making a three pointer and being fouled by Jason Terry and had to be helped off the court.

The Kings are already without Tyreke Evans and Aaron Brooks tonight.

*The Kings continue to shoot well (50. percent) and get quality looks against the Celtics (48 points in the paint). Jason Thompson has a season-high 20 points to lead the Kings.

*Jeff Green has 16 points to led Boston. The Celtics are shooting 39.4 percent.

*The Celtics shot 33 percent (8 of 24) in the third quarter.

HALFTIME
Kings 54, Celtics 49

Both teams had no problem scoring in the second quarter. Jason Thompson had 13 points to lead Sacramento. John Salmons has 11 points.

*Jason Terry and Jeff Green each have 14 points to lead Boston.

*The Kings have 38 points in the paint to help them shoot 51.2 percent for the game. But they've allowed 15 points off nine turnovers to help keep the Celtics in the game. Boston is shooting 42.9 percent.

*After making a season-high 15 three pointers on Friday, the Kings have made just one of their six threes.

FIRST QUARTER
Kings 24, Celtics 18

The Kings probably should have a bigger lead considering they shot 50 percent (11 of 22) while Boston shot 28.6 percent (6 of 21). But the Celtics are hanging around after trailing by 10.

*The Kings outscored Boston 22-8 in the paint.

*Isaiah Thomas has 10 points to lead the Kings. Jason Thompson has eight points. DeMarcus Cousins has four points, four rebounds and four assists. Jeff Green has five points off the bench to lead the Celtics.

*The Kings are without Tyreke Evans (sore left knee) again. He'll now seek a second opinion on his knee after targeting tonight's game to make his first appearance since Dec. 16.

*Aaron Brooks (sore left ankle) did not dress for the Kings.



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