December 30, 2017, 12:39 am
The Kings added another page to their unconventional 2017/18 season on Friday. After defeating the Eastern Conference champion Cavaliers on Wednesday, Sacramento fell to the Suns 111-101 at home.
An abysmal first quarter set the Kings up for failure from the get-go as they were forced to play catch up for much of the game. However, the Kings did take control of the game in the fourth quarter, but unraveled down the stretch and ultimately weren’t even in a position to make a run to close the game.
In Devin Booker’s second game back after his nine game absence, he proved to be a difference maker as he dropped 12 points in the game’s final 5 minutes of the game. Booker’s layup with 4:59 left to play tied the game at 97, but by the time he had connected on a 3-pointer with 25 seconds left to play, Phoenix had stretched their lead to 11.
The Kings lacked muscle and fight in the contest after showing both those traits against the Cavs just two days before. The Kings were doubled in offensive rebounds as the Suns grabbed 16 and the Kings only had 8 for themselves. The Kings bench outscored the Suns 44-to-34, but the starters were outplayed for much of the night.
Aside from Booker, TJ Warren dropped 26 points of his own in 29 minutes and also snatched 10 rebounds.
The Kings were led by Zach Randolph, who dropped 14 points in 25 minutes. Randolph was one of seven KIngs to put up double-digit points on the night. The Kings fell to 12-23 on the year with the loss and will prepare for the Grizzlies on Sunday to close out the year.
- Skal Labissiere, who put up 12 points in 16 minutes, saw minimal time after the first quarter after showing some flashes of life in the first quarter, including a highlight reel put-back dunk and some decent post game.
- Bogdan Bogdanovic had himself another solid performance with 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting. Bogdanovic was 2-of-5 from beyond the arc and knocked down 25 percent of the Kings’ 3-pointers on the night. The Kings shot just 8-of-24 from the 3 on the night.
A game of runs:
- The Suns used an 18-2 run that spanned from the end of the first quarter to the beginning of the second to earn a certain level of comfort. The Suns stretched their lead to 14 in that span.
- To close the game, the Kings, who led 97-93, allowed Phoenix to go on an 18-4 run, which ultimately led to the wide margin of victory for the Suns.