Cousins Shines Under Pressure

When the team needed him most, DeMarcus stepped up and delivered.
by Dan Lovi

DeMarcus Cousins chose the right time to have his best game of the Olympic Tournament on Wednesday.

Facing an early double-digit deficit, Boogie – coming off the bench for the first time for Team USA – checked in and altered the outlook of the contest.

Cousins scored six quick points in three minutes of first-frame action and sparked Team USA to a four-point lead by the end of the opening quarter.

"It was a great team effort all the way around,” said Cousins to afterward. “We started a little sluggish, but we recognized it early and snapped out of it and brought a lot of energy to the game.”

Sacramento’s center finished with 15 points and two blocks in just 14 minutes. His point total was the third-most on the team, trailing only Kevin Durant (27) and Paul George (17).

“This team depends on me nightly and I just want to do my part and help this team win,” added Cousins.

With a semifinal matchup now set with Spain, No. 12 and Co. look to build upon the way they closed out Argentina.

"We come here, we focus on what we do, we play a right type of basketball and hopefully come out successful," said Cousins.

Catch DMC and Team USA in action on Friday at 11:30 a.m. PDT on NBCSN as they vie for a spot in Sunday’s championship round.

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