There are plenty of caveats to throw in there when discussing the brilliant offensive performance of DeMarcus Cousins that came in Saturday night’s overtime win over the Knicks.
New York has five wins against 27 losses on the season, so the fact that Sacramento needed overtime to dispatch them in a home game is nothing to be proud of. And, Cousins did his damage against Samuel Dalembert and Cole Aldrich — not exactly the top defensive big men the game has to offer.
With all of that being said, Cousins was impressive.
He had it all working in a 39-point performance that was his best of the season. The inside game, the dribble drives, the passes to find the open man, end even the three-point shot.
The final highlight — a baseline jam with under a minute to play after eluding a double team on the perimeter to help seal the win — might have been his best, on a night that was full of them for Cousins and the Kings.