Strong finishing kick gives Kings the win over the Suns

ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 13, 2017 01:19 PM
Strong finishing kick gives Kings the win over the Suns
George Hill NBA file photo

By Michael Wagaman, Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — George Hill had 18 points and seven rebounds in his return to the starting lineup and the Sacramento Kings rallied late in the fourth quarter to beat the Phoenix Suns 99-92 on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time).

Zach Randolph added 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists, Buddy Hield scored 14 points and Willie Cauley-Stein had 13 points and six rebounds to help the Kings win for the second time in five games.

Sacramento trailed 85-80 with six minutes remaining then scored 13 consecutive points to take control. Randolph led the surge with eight points and an assist. The Kings’ big man made a three-point play after getting fouled by Tyson Chandler to secure the win.

The late scoring flurry was a change from the rest of the game when both teams struggled to score with much consistency.

Phoenix built an early 10-point lead in the first half but went scoreless for more than 5 minutes in the fourth quarter and lost their fourth straight.

The Suns, who have dropped 9-of-11, fell to 0-3 since losing leading scorer Devin Booker to a left adductor strain,

TJ Warren scored 18 points for Phoenix. Mike James added 17 points and five assists.

The teams combined for 15 lead changes before Sacramento pulled away behind Randolph.

Warren scored two quick buckets early in the fourth quarter and Dragan Bender made a three-pointer to put the Suns up 85-80.

Randolph made back-to-back baskets then fed Hill for a reverse layup. After a triple by Hield, Randolph made two free throws then scored down low to put the Kings up 93-85.

Tyler Ulis and James scored to cut the gap to 93-89 before Randolph’s three-point play.

TIP-INS

Suns: James, Troy Daniels, Josh Jackson and Bender made consecutive three-pointers without a miss as part of a 12-2 run in the second quarter.

Kings: Sacramento committed nine turnovers. ...Hill returned to the starting lineup after sitting out one game for personal reasons. Cauley-Stein also played after missing three games with a lower back strain.

UP NEXT

Suns: Host Toronto on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) in the second half of a back-to-back.

Kings: Play at Minnesota on Thursday (Friday, PHL time).

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