Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jared Sullinger scored a career-high 31 points with 16 rebounds and Gerald Wallace flirted with a triple-double in the Boston Celtics' 99-89 triumph over the Sacramento Kings on Friday.
Wallace tallied eight points, 12 rebounds and nine assists for Boston, which was without starting backcourt Rajon Rondo (knee soreness) and Avery Bradley (ankle). Jerryd Bayless and Jeff Green chipped in with 19 and 17 points, respectively, to help the Celtics to a third straight win.
Sullinger is the second Boston player to surpass the 30-point mark this season. Green has done so three times.
"I think we're doing a better job looking for him (Sullinger)," said Boston head coach Brad Stevens. "He's capable and I'm not saying that you have to get a double-double every day but he's darn near capable of doing that."
DeMarcus Cousins matched Sullinger with 31 points and 16 rebounds and Isaiah Thomas scored 24 points as Sacramento's brief two-game winning streak came to a halt. Derrick Williams added 11 points and 12 boards.
"It was tough, lot of mistakes tonight," said Cousins. "I don't think I came in focused tonight either. I blame myself for tonight's loss."
The Kings were also ailing for this one. Starters Rudy Gay (flu) and Marcus Thornton (hip) missed the contest.
Led by Cousins' 13 points, the Kings jumped out to a 29-21 advantage after the first quarter. It was all Boston the rest of the way.
Kelly Olynyk scored six straight during a 10-0 Boston surge to open the second quarter. The rookie from Gonzaga then stepped out and deposited a 3 from the right wing, but the second and third quarters came to an end with neither team gaining any advantage.
The fourth belonged to the home team. Bayless hit a pair of 3s around a Sullinger dunk to open up an 84-73 lead at 8:22. Sullinger scored the next five points while Sacramento went ice cold, missing eight straight from the floor. The lead reached 18 and the Celtics coasted to the finish line.