LAS VEGAS - After a mildly scalding scolding from head coach Michael Malone, the Kings broke a four-game losing streak with a 93-87 victory over the Atlanta Hawks Friday in their Summer League finale. Rookies Ben McLemore and Ray McCallum produced their best efforts of the week, and were particularly effective in the second half.
McLemore, who was 0-for-8 in his previous outing, scored 27 points on a variety of deep three's, stepback jumpers and dunks. He also grabbed nine rebounds. McCallum contributed 12 points, six rebounds, and 11 assists, including a perfect lead pass to McCallum for a ferocious one-handed dunk that electrified the crowd in the Cox Pavilion - and brought DeMarcus Cousins and the other Kings players to their feet.
Cousins arrived shortly before tipoff and joined his teammates on the bench. He takes part in the Team USA training camp that begins Monday.
McCallum, who combined with McLemore for several of his assists, nominated the Kansas Jayhawk standout's dunk for ESPN's nightly highlights. "I think it's going to be No.1 on SportsCenter," said the rookie point guard. "It has to be. It might look different being on the court, but it was a big-time play. We got a rebound. I leaked out, called for outlet, saw him running the floor, gave him a little shovel pass, and next thing I know, I looked up and he's throwing it down."
More importantly to Malone, the Kings finished their Summer League (1-4) with a victory.
"We won the game today how we want to play," said the first-year head coach. "We defended at a high level. We took care of the basketball. And our two young guys had great games. "