SACRAMENTO (AFP) – DeMarcus Cousins returned to NBA action after battling viral meningitis but his 27 points for Sacramento on Thursday weren’t enough in a 108-107 loss to Milwaukee.
Brandon Knight scored 20 points and O.J. Mayo and Jared Dudley each contributed 19 to lead the Bucks over the Kings, who fell to 0-2 under interim coach Tyrone Corbin, who took over when Michael Malone was sacked this week.
Cousins had a chance to win it in the closing seconds, but was off-target with a jump shot at the final buzzer. In addition to his game-high 27 points he had 11 rebounds, but the Kings suffered their fifth straight defeat.
“(Cousins) did a great job out there in trying to will us to a win,” Corbin said.
While the Kings welcomed their center back, Milwaukee were without theirs. Larry Sanders served a one-game suspension for a level-two Flagrant Foul incurred for shoving Boris Diaw in Wednesday’s loss to Portland.