SACRAMENTO - Rudy Gay scored eight of his 22 points over the final six minutes, Isaiah Thomas added 21 points and matched his career high with 12 assists, and the Sacramento Kings beat the Boston Celtics 105-98 on Saturday night.
DeMarcus Cousins had 13 points, while Derrick Williams and Carl Landry added 10 points apiece off the bench for Sacramento. The Kings never trailed and limited the Celtics to one basket over the final 7 1/2 minutes after Boston tied the game midway through the fourth quarter.
Jeff Green scored 29 on 7-of-25 shooting for the Celtics, who played without Rajon Rondo and Jared Sullinger.
Without two of their main scorers, Boston struggled offensively and looked out of sync most of the night.
Sacramento Kings head coach Michael Malone talks about maintaining composure following Saturday's physical victory over the Boston Celtics at Sleep Train Arena. News10/KXTV
Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins discusses Saturday's victory over the Boston Celtics, the trade of Marcus Thornton, and being banged up after returning from a hip flexor strain. News10/KXTV
Sacramento Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas discusses the chippy play in Saturday's win over the Boston Celtics and getting Ben McLemore more involved in the offense. News10/KXTV
Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay talks about Saturday's victory over the Boston Celtics, the physical play and maintaining composure. News10/KXTV