Rookie DeMarcus Cousins had a season-high five steals in the Kings' 106-97 win over the Utah Jazz on Sunday at Power Balance Pavilion. That Cousins would be prolific at stealing the ball didn't surprise coach Paul Westphal. "DeMarcus has really good anticipation and quick hands," Westphal said. "His biggest problem is sometimes he gambles and relaxes a little bit and relies on his quickness to try to recover." Cousins said he had to deal with two good frontcourt players in Utah's Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap. Neither did enough to put the Kings on their heels most of the game. Jefferson had 11 points and nine rebounds. Millsap had 21 points and seven rebounds. "My effort on the defensive end was pretty good, so I believe that's why it resulted in so many steals," Cousins said. "I think it was a great defensive effort tonight." Steady Cisco - Kings forward Francisco García scored 17 points for the second consecutive game. García missed 21 games with a left calf strain earlier in the season. "(García) spaces the floor," Westphal said. "Everyone has confidence in his ability to shoot, and he's been giving us a lot of defensive intensity as well. He's really done really well when he's healthy." Going green - The NBA's third annual Green Week began Sunday to promote protecting the environment.
Cousins has season-high 5 steals against Jazz
Sacramento Bee | Apr 4