• ronangaine

Ayton & the Suns heap the misery on Sacramento

The Phoenix Suns made it 10 wins from their last 11 games with a comfortable win over the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night.

The Kings have now lost their last 9 games and are falling out of the race for the play-in tournament in the Western Conference.

The Suns started hot, Bridges and Booker each making a pair of three's early on. The Kings stayed in the game with Hassan Whiteside's paint domination off the bench.

Devin Booker led Phoenix to a five point advantage with 11 points & 3 assists to open the game.

Phoenix stretched their lead to 12 early in the second quarter as they threatened to pull away before half time but shots began to fall for Sacramento. The Kings twice closed to within two points of Phoenix during the quarter before Delon Wright levelled the scores with 1:20 left in the half.

Devin Booker quickly answered with a jumper to give the Suns a two point lead heading into the break. HT: Kings 65-67 Suns.

Margins remained tight in the second half as the Suns just managed to hold onto the lead thanks to a combined 16 points from Booker, Ayton & Paul. Phoenix managed to stretch the lead to seven but the the Kings refused to fold, missing a shot to take the lead to end the third.

The Kings re-took the lead with the opening play of the fourth, Wright hitting a driving layup, as the teams exchanged leads early in the final period.

The Suns built up a six point advantage with seven minutes remaining before DeAndre Ayton took over to ice the game for the home team.

Ayton returned to the game with just under five minutes remaining and Phoenix leading 108-104 and he quickly went about securing victory for his team adding 10 points to his total including going 4/4 at the line to ultimately give the Suns an eight point win.

The Suns outscored Sacramento 60-48 in the first and fourth quarters, as they led for all but a few minutes of this one. Final Score in Phoenix: Kings 114-122 Suns.

Phoenix became just the second team to win 40 games this season, extended their win streak to four and closed to within one game of Utah. As for the Kings, they face a huge challenge to qualify for the play-in tournament, now sitting 5.5 games back on tenth place.