NBA: Kings benefited from missed DeMarcus Cousins three-second violation in win over Trail Blazers

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After the Kings’ 126-121 win over the Trail Blazers on Tuesday, DeMarcus Cousins ranted about the “ridiculous” treatment he gets from referees.

Turns out, the only missed call in the NBA’s Last Two Minute Report helped Cousins and Sacramento.

Trying to preserve a three-point lead, the Kings got a crucial stop due in part to Cousins getting away with a defensive three-second violation with 26.7 seconds left, according to the league:

Cousins (SAC) is in the paint without actively guarding an opponent for longer than three seconds.

A correct call would’ve given any Portland player on the court – likely Lillard, an 87% career free-throw shooter, including 90% this season – a free throw. The Trail Blazers also would’ve kept the ball with a fresh chance to score.

Instead, Cousins’ presence in the paint foiled a Maurice Harkless drive. Portland had to settle for a forced Damian Lillard 3-pointer, which missed. At that point, the Trail Blazers had to begin fouling, and Sacramento pulled away.