The Sacramento Kings defeated Phoenix Suns with another excellent performance of Marvin Bagley III. It was 117-104 for the hosts at Golden One Center, who started pounding hard right from the start.
the Kings won the opening quarter with 33-23, setting the tone and the tempo of the game, continuing to increase the gap in the second quarter and reaching a 19-point lead before heading for a break.
Unlike in the previous game against the Suns, Sacramento didn’t allow any comebacks, and instead, they resumed in the same manner when the second half started. Just to remind Sacramento blew a 19-point lead they had at the halftime the last time these two teams met. It was a valuable school for David Joerger’s boys who didn’t allow for such a scenario to happen again.
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The maximum lead was set in the middle of the third sequence, 74-50, and from that moment on, the home team removed the foot of the gas, and entered a routine finish despite Suns’ coming down to 12 points in the last 4 minutes.
As already said, Bagley was superb. The second pick from this draft outplayed the guy who was picked before him and a high-school friend in almost every aspect.
Bagley dropped 32 off the bench, grabbing 7 boards and shooting excellent, 10 of 15 from the field, and 11 of 13 from the free throw line. He scored the opening 12 points in the last period for the Kings. On the other side, Ayton had twice as fewer points, 16 with 9 rebounds.
Buddy Hield added 18 for the Kings, De’Aaron Fox 17 with 9 assists and 6 rebounds, and Bogdanovic added 14 with 5 assists and boards each.
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For the Suns, Devin Booker splashed 27 buckets, 8 boards and 6 dimes. Josh Jackson had 18.
The Suns are experiencing one of the worst periods in their franchise history, having 14 straight losses. They are one defeat away from tying the negative record set during the last campaign.
As for the Kings, they are half a game behind the Clippers, sitting at the 9th position in the West. This was their fifth win over the course of 6 matches.
The next opponent Sacramento faces is Denver, at Pepsi Center on Wednesday, meaning they will have enough time to rest.
Suns play against Clippers in LA on the same day.