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Ex-Cats notes: Goodwin posterizes 7-footer; Cousins on Kings: 'We've got to man up'

The NBA tweeted this still image from the video of former Kentucky standout Archie Goodwin's dunk on 7-footer Jonas Valanciunas during the Suns' win against the Raptors.
The NBA tweeted this still image from the video of former Kentucky standout Archie Goodwin's dunk on 7-footer Jonas Valanciunas during the Suns' win against the Raptors. NBA

Eric Bledsoe scored 20 points, fellow guards Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas added 18 apiece and the Phoenix Suns handed the Toronto Raptors their second straight blowout loss, 125-109, on Sunday night. Seven Suns hit double figures in the team's highest-scoring non-overtime game this season.

Archie Goodwin took advantage of the Suns' big lead, scoring 12 points in nine minutes, including a thunderous dunk over 7-footer Jonas Valanciunas.

[Video: Watch Archie Goodwin's highlight-reel dunk]

"Archie got the big dunk there," Suns Coach Jeff Hornacek said. "We need more games like this so we can get those (young) guys in there."

The Raptors, who trailed by as many as 19 points in the first half and 27 in the second, finished a season-long six-game road trip with their two most one-sided losses of the season, losing at Golden State 126-105 on Friday night. Toronto has lost three in a row for the first time in more than a year.

"We wanted to prove we're one of the good teams," Hornacek said. "We would've won by 40 if we'd left our starters in."

Bledsoe echoed his coach's comment.

"We started the game with a vengeance and we finished with it," he said. "You couldn't ask for a better game."

Cousins after loss: 'We've got to man up'

Brandon Jennings scored 35 points as the Detroit Pistons beat the Sacramento Kings 114-95 Sunday for their fifth straight win. Detroit improved to 5-0 since Josh Smith was released in December. The Pistons are 10-23 overall.

DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings with 18 points and 15 rebounds. Asked afterward if the team's firing of former coach Michael Malone was to blame for the team's woes, Cousins said: "It's clear. We're not the same team."

But the former Kentucky star also stopped short of blaming their problems on interim coach Ty Corbin.

"We talk about it, make excuses for the team but at the end of the day, we're the ones out there playing," he said. " Regardless of who the man is on the bench we're the ones out there playing. We have to win. ... We've got to stop feeling sorry for ourselves. Every time something doesn't go our way, we're shaking our heads, myself included. We've got to man up. It's on us. Period. It's on us."

Surgery for Randle

Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle will undergo surgery on Tuesday morning to replace the screw in the fifth metatarsal of his right foot.

The injury dates back to high school, and was said to contribute to Randle's fall to No. 7 in the NBA Draft.

It was previously declared that Randle would miss the remainder of the 2014-15 season after suffering a fractured tibia of his right leg in the season opener on Oct. 28, 2014.

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