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Kings' Cousins to play after tech gets rescinded

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP)

The NBA has rescinded one of Demarcus Cousins' technical fouls, allowing Sacramento's leading scorer to play Monday night at Oklahoma City instead of serving an automatic one-game suspension.

Cousins had picked up his 16th technical foul of the season Sunday night at Houston. Normally, a player with 16 technical fouls in a season is suspended for the next game.

Coach Keith Smart says he got a call from NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson to inform him that Cousins would be eligible to play.

Cousins also was in jeopardy of being suspended for a game at Oklahoma City last April before having a technical foul rescinded by the league.

The Thunder were holding out starting center Kendrick Perkins (hamstring), sixth man Kevin Martin (back) and reserve Derek Fisher (foot) because of injuries.

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