UK Men's Basketball

Ex-Cats notes: Patterson & Davis star in wins; coach calls Cousins' techs 'concerning'

The Sacramento Kings' DeMarcus Cousins reacts to an offensive foul call against him in the second half of a 113-104 loss against the Philadelphia 76ers at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif., on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014.
The Sacramento Kings' DeMarcus Cousins reacts to an offensive foul call against him in the second half of a 113-104 loss against the Philadelphia 76ers at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif., on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. MCT

DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points, Kyle Lowry outplayed John Wall with 19 points and 11 assists, and the Toronto Raptors won their season-high fifth consecutive game by beating the Washington Wizards 101-88 Friday night in D.C.

Atlantic Division-leading Toronto improved to 16-15, the first time since January 2010 its winning percentage has been above .500 at least 30 games into a season.

Former University of Kentucky star Patrick Patterson scored Toronto's last 11 points of the third quarter, when the Raptors outscored the Wizards 36-16 to blow open a game that was tied with less than a minute left in the first half.

Patterson was 8-for-10 from the field and finished with 18 points and four rebounds.

Wall, who scored a season-high 37 at Toronto on Nov. 22, was limited to 11 points and six assists Friday. He'd scored at least 20 in eight straight games.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft had zero assists in the third quarter and sat out all of the fourth.

"We tried to move the ball, we tried to do the right thing, but shots weren't falling," Wall said, then credited Toronto's defensive play, adding: "We didn't have enough space tonight. ... You couldn't get open shots."

The Raptors have won nine of 11 games overall since Dec. 13, when most of the players acquired from the Kings in the deal that shipped Rudy Gay to Sacramento — including Patterson and Chuck Hayes — made their debuts with Toronto.

Asked whether he figures his players will learn from the loss, Wizards Coach Randy Wittman made reference to the cold snap that hit the East Coast and replied: "I hope it's a smack in the face. I hope it's 20 degrees below zero and they get smacked in the face outside with that, too. Maybe that'll wake them up, too."

Williams pleased with Davis' progress

Pelicans Coach Monty Williams talked Friday about the progress Anthony Davis has made in his second NBA season.

"He's just worked on his game. He's gotten a lot of confidence from that," Williams said before the team's game against the Celtics. "I've put a lot on his shoulders, a lot more than any 20-year-old should have, but we feel like he's a once-in-a-lifetime player. We've got to make sure he's ready for what's coming."

Williams said the team has concentrated on helping Davis deal with the pressure that comes with being the team's star.

"I've talked to him a lot about how right now everybody looks at me (for blame if the team doesn't play well). But pretty soon, they're going to be looking at him," Williams said. "So we've tried to help him ease into that role. He's done a really good job of it."

■ Davis had 23 points and nine rebounds and Tyreke Evans scored 16 points with a key basket late to lead the Pelicans to a 95-92 win over the host Celtics on Friday night.

The win might prove costly for the Pelicans after reserve forward Ryan Anderson was taken from the court on a stretcher after he collided with Boston's Gerald Wallace early in the fourth quarter.

The preliminary diagnosis indicated a "cervical stinger" for Anderson.

"We were praying for him, but at the same time we've got to win a game," Davis said. "It's good that he's OK. We're praying for him."

Coach: Cousins' 10th technical foul 'concerning'

DeMarcus Cousins was called for his 10th technical foul of the season for shoving Philadelphia forward Evan Turner during the Sacramento Kings' 113-104 loss to the Sixers on Thursday night.

Players who earn 16 technical fouls in a season are suspended for one game, and every technical foul after that earns a player another one-game suspension.

"Obviously it's concerning," Kings Coach Michael Malone told The Sacramento Bee after the game. "We hope he doesn't get to the limit where he's suspended but that's something we continue to talk about. And he's got to be able to harness his emotion and use it in a positive way and not allow it to get to that point because he's too important to this team. He knows that because we can't have him getting techs."


■ Jodie Meeks scored 18 points to go with six assists in the Los Angeles Lakers' 110-99 victory over the Utah Jazz. Enes Kanter had 16 points, 10 rebounds and thee assists for Utah.

■ Terrence Jones had six points, nine rebounds and three assists in the Houston Rockets' 102-100 victory against the New York Knicks.

■ Tayshaun Prince had 13 points, four rebounds and three assists in the Memphis Grizzlies 111-108 loss to the Denver Nuggets. It was the most points Prince has scored since he had 16 against the Houston Rockets on Nov. 25.

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