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Karl a winner in Kings coaching debut, 109-101 over Celtics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins had 31 points and 15 rebounds, Rudy Gay scored 28 and the Sacramento Kings beat the Boston Celtics 109-101 Friday night to make new coach George Karl a winner in his return to the NBA.

The Kings overcame an early 16-point deficit and gave Karl his first victory since a playoff win with Denver against Golden State on April 30, 2013. This one was his 1,132nd regular-season victory, sixth-most in league history and more than the wayward Kings have in 30 seasons in Sacramento.

Derrick Williams had 11 points for the Kings, who outrebounded Boston 57-40.

With Karl wanting a more up-tempo style, Sacramento looked sloppy for much of the game. The Kings committed 24 turnovers, including nine by Cousins.

Avery Bradley scored 28 points and Tyler Zeller had 22 for Boston. Marcus Smart added 16 points and Brandon Bass had 13 points and 20 rebounds.

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