New York -- DeMarcus Cousins’ first appearance as an All-Star was memorable in many ways, as he contributed 14 points in a 163-158 Western Conference win over the Eastern Conference.
Cousins scored the first All-Star points of his career on an 18-foot jump shot with 8:42 remaining in the second quarter to extend the West’s lead to 67-42.
In the 64th NBA All-Star game, on the brightest stage -- New York City and the mecca of basketball, Madison Square Garden -- Cousins represented the Kings well, coming close to a double double with 14 points and seven rebounds.
“Humbled by it,” Cousins said on his first All-Star appearance. “It’s been a goal of mine coming up in the league. I finally reached that, so it was a good weekend."
The 6-foot-11 center’s inaugural All-Star stat line was solid, going 6-for-7 from the floor and 2-for-3 from the free throw line in 18 minutes of action.
“It was a very busy weekend but it was fun at the same time,” Cousins said, when asked if he was fatigued. “It was a good experience.”
Cousins is the first Sacramento Kings player to be named to the NBA All-Star team since Peja Stojakovic and Brad Miller were reserves in 2004.
The Kings (18-34) continue to struggle, now on their third coach this season, having recently come to terms with George Karl.
However, for this weekend, similar to his offseason gold medal in a successful run as a member of Team USA, the Kings center can savor the All-Star experience.
“My main focus is to get this team on the right path,” Cousins responded when asked about maintaining his All-Star status for next season. “Do that part and everything else will come with it.”
Leading the Kings to comparable collective success for Cousins resumes in the first game of the Karl era on Friday hosting the Celtics.
"I actually had a chat with Melo . . . that was my favorite player coming up," Cousins added when asked about advice from veterans he can bring back to Sacramento. "I had just had a little chat with him (Melo) and no I'm not going into details."