Programming note: Kings-Nuggets coverage starts Monday at 5:30 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet California with Kings Pregame Live (territorial restrictions apply)
LOS ANGELES -- While it may be early, the Kings' 98-92 win over the Clippers at the Staples Center probably raised a few eyebrows around the NBA.
With the win, the Kings improve to 2-1 on the young season.
Sacramento’s premier players once again came up big.
DeMarcus Cousins went for 34 points and 17 rebounds in Los Angeles and Rudy Gay added 25 points.
[INSTANT REPLAY: Cousins, Kings make statement, beat Clippers]
While numbers from Cousins and Gay are expected, the Kings defense has been surprisingly tough.
After allowing 103.4 points per game last season, "Sacramento" and "defense" had to be considered an oxymoron, but the Kings have held their first three opponents - all playoff participants last season - under 100 points.
The Kings have put together back-to-back performances that demonstrate their potential.
As impressive as the start is it’s a long season and Denver represents another road challenge Monday as Sacramento completes its first back-to-back of the young season.
DeMarcus Cousins terrorized the Clippers going for 34 points and 17 rebounds.
More surprising area, though, was Kings' defense which held the Clippers to 18 points in the first quarter and 19 points in the fourth.
Rudy Gay followed up his 40 points performance on Friday with 25 points on 19 field goal attempts.
Darren Collison scored 14 points to along with eight assists and five rebounds against his former team.
Sacramento committed 20 turnovers leading to 14 points for the Clippers.
The Kings made only three of 10 3-point shots.
Sacramento’s challenge is consistency and it’s not lost on DeMarcus Cousins.
“Even with these performances, we still got a long way to go. If we stick to committing to the defensive scheme, I think we have a chance to be a pretty good team,” Cousins said after the game.