SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Barring a change of heart from the league offices, Sacramento center DeMarcus Cousins has played his last game of the season.
He definitely went out with a bang.
Cousins recorded his eighth straight double-double with 35 points and 15 rebounds but picked up his 16th technical foul of the season late in the fourth quarter of the Kings' 106-103 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night.
By NBA rules, Cousins must sit out Sacramento's final regular season game at home against Phoenix on Wednesday.
"I'm not going to talk about it," said Cousins, who had sat for several minutes in front of his locker with his head hung low.
Kings coach Mike Malone was willing to discuss it and said the team might contact the NBA to get the technical removed, citing Cousins' most recent behavior. The technical was his first since Feb. 25 and ended the longest stretch of his career without one.
"I feel for him," Malone said. "He has made a concerted effort to handle his emotions and not get that last tech. We'll try to do whatever we can to get that rescinded but it's disappointing because I know it meant a lot to him."
The Kings trailed by 11 in the third quarter and were down 82-81 before going on an 11-2 run to go in front for good. Cousins started the surge with a thunderous dunk and McCallum followed with consecutive 3-pointers, one from the left corner and the other from the right.
The Timberwolves pulled to 100-98 with 1:13 left to play on three free throws by Kevin Love after Cousins was charged with the technical foul. Cousins then drove the baseline and dunked with 24.2 seconds remaining, helping Sacramento end a five-game losing streak while evening the season series with Minnesota.
"We're still a team trying to grow and find ourselves," said Cousins, breaking his silence. "I think we took steps forward today. We've been in those situations a couple times this season. Sometimes it went well, sometimes it didn't. We did a pretty good job tonight of handling the situation and overcoming adversity."