Out of a third-quarter dunk by the Kings' Jason Thompson, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook pushed the ball in transition with Kings center DeMarcus Cousins hovering on the defensive end. Late in the fourth quarter, a similar scene unfolded, with Westbrook running a fast break after a blocked shot. In both cases, Cousins stepped in front of Westbrook and drew the offensive foul. Before the Kings defeated Oklahoma City 106-101 Thursday night, Cousins was asked how long taking charges has been a part of his game. "Since I figured out I couldn't block shots," he answered half-jokingly. Regardless, it is a strategy he employs often. According to the statistics website Hoopdata.com, Cousins had taken a league-leading 23 charges entering Friday's games. "He's the best in the NBA right now as far as drawing charges," said Kings coach Keith Smart. "That's a unique skill for a big man, to be able to come over and take a charge. He's one of those guys that know how to do that."
Cousins excels at taking charges
Sacramento Bee | Feb 11