SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- It's not as if the Kings and Boston Celtics have a long-standing history of animosity. The teams only play twice a season, and both rosters have undergone dramatic changes since last season.
But there was plenty of disdain on the court Saturday night when the Kings beat the Celtics, 105-98, at Sleep Train Arena in front of the 11th sellout crowd this season -- 17,317.
The Kings never trailed for just the third time this season, but it was far from an easy game. There were four technical fouls, one flagrant foul, and Boston swingman Gerald Wallace and coach Brad Stevens were ejected in the fourth quarter.
Centers DeMarcus Cousins of the Kings and Kris Humphries of Boston had issues all night. They were called for double technical fouls with 3:38 to play in the second quarter and were tangled up more than once.
Stevens was partly angered because Cousins wasn't ejected after shoving Humphries and getting physical with him all night, but Wallace was tossed.
Cousins was playing for the first time since straining his left hip flexor Feb. 12 in New York. Cousins said his hip began bothering him during the game but believed he'll be able to play today at Denver. He also said he'd have to see how he felt this morning.
"It's very sore," Cousins said. "I had to do a couple of exercises with (director of athletic performance) Chip (Schaeffer) on the sidelines just to loosen it up. It tightened up on me in the game a few times. It's bothering me a lot right now."
Cousins had 13 points, seven rebounds and six turnovers before fouling out with 31.4 seconds to play.
Cousins was no mood to discuss Humphries.
"Honestly, I don't even want to talk about him," Cousins said. "Who is he? Next question. I'm not going to give him any attention, just next question."
Humphries scored a season-high 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
"(Humphries) played a great game -- give him credit," Kings coach Michael Malone said. ". . . He did a good job being very physical and pushing DeMarcus out and forcing Cuz into a couple turnovers."
The Kings were able hold off the Celtics with seven players scoring in double figures, led by Rudy Gay's 22 points. It was the first time the Kings had seven or more players in double figures since Feb. 27, 2013, against Orlando.
Gay scored eight points in the fourth quarter after the Celtics tied the score 85-85 with 6:23 to play.
Isaiah Thomas scored 21 points and matched his career high with 12 assists.
Thomas and Boston guard Jerryd Bayless were the source of all the contentious feelings when the Kings (19-36) played in Boston on Feb. 7 but had no issues Saturday.
"The only time it was really chippy in Boston was me and Bayless," Thomas said. "But (Saturday), it seemed like it was everybody, even the refs. We played through it the best we could, and at the end of the day we got the win, and that's all that matters."
The Celtics were without three starters.
Jeff Green led the Celtics (19-38) with a game-high 29 points.
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