January 8, 2020 / 4:56 AM / 19 days ago

Kings rally from 21 points down to stun Suns

Nemanja Bjelica gave Sacramento the lead for good with a 3-pointer with 7:31 remaining in the game, and De’Aaron Fox saved nine of his team-high 27 points for the final 7:02 as the visiting Kings rallied from a 21-point deficit to stun the Phoenix Suns 114-103 on Tuesday night.

Jan 7, 2020; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Kelly Oubre Jr. (3) yells on the court prior to a game against the Sacramento Kings at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

Devin Booker extended his franchise record of consecutive 30-point games to seven with a game-high 34-point effort, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Suns from sustaining a second consecutive home loss.

Playing the second night of a back-to-back and down 80-59 with under five minutes remaining in the third quarter, the Kings climbed within 87-78 before period’s end thanks in large part to four 3-pointers, including a pair by rookie Justin James.

Nemanja completed the comeback and put the Kings up 92-91 on a dunk with 8:03 left in the final quarter, then responded to two Kelly Oubre Jr. free throws with his go-ahead 3-pointer, giving the visitors a 95-93 advantage.

Fox did most of the heavy lifting after that, including consecutive long jumpers — one a 3-pointer — after the Suns had gotten within 102-100 with still 3:47 to play.

Phoenix never got closer than five after that.

Bjelica finished with 19 points, and Buddy Hield had 16 for Sacramento, which was coming off a 111-98 home win over Golden State on Monday night.

Backup big man Dewayne Dedmon, recently fined for requesting a trade, chipped in with a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double for the Kings, while Trevor Ariza added 15 points and Cory Joseph 10.

Hield (four), Bjelica (three) and Ariza (three) combined for 10 3-pointers as the Kings outscored the Suns 45-33 from beyond the arc.

Booker shot 12-for-21 en route to his 34 points. He also found time for seven assists.

Deandre Ayton had 21 points to go with a team-high nine rebounds, Oubre 17 points and Ricky Rubio a game-high nine assists to complement eight points for Phoenix, which had won two of the first three games in the now-complete season series.

The Suns lost despite outshooting the Kings 48.1 percent to 44.0.

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