Booker overcomes tough night to rally Suns past Kings

ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 30, 2017 01:37 PM
Booker overcomes tough night to rally Suns past Kings
Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) reacts after hitting a three-point shot during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Dec. 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Devin Booker shook off a rough night shooting and scored 12 of his 26 points over the final five minutes to lift the Phoenix Suns past the Sacramento Kings 111-101 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).

Booker missed nine games with a left adductor strain before returning to score 32 against Memphis on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time). He wasn't as crisp against the Kings, shooting 9-of-25 from the field, but helped rally the Suns with his late scoring flurry that keyed a 17-4 run.

T.J. Warren had 26 points and 10 rebounds, Marquese Chriss added 14 points and seven rebounds while Tyson Chandler had six points and 11 rebounds for the Suns.

Phoenix led most of the game but fell behind early in the fourth after Sacramento scored nine consecutive points to go up 97-93.

Booker brought the Suns back and scored the final seven points for Phoenix, including a layup past seven-footer Willie Cauley-Stein, a buzzer-beating 15-footer and a 3-pointer.

Zach Randolph scored 14 points, Bogdan Bogdanovic had 13 and four others scored 12 apiece for the Kings.

Sacramento, which beat Cleveland 109-95 on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time), fell to 2-22 when trailing after three quarters.

Phoenix closed the first quarter on a 14-2 run and Warren scored six consecutive points in the second to help the Suns to a 55-46 halftime lead. Warren made his first six shots and had 15 points in the first half.

After Sacramento closed within 71-68 on Hill's two free throws midway through the third, Isaiah Canaan hit a three-pointer and scored on a layup, and Troy Daniels added a triple to push Phoenix's lead to 10.


Suns: Chriss, the Sacramento native who was drafted eighth overall by the Kings in 2016 and traded that night to Phoenix, shot 5-of-6 and made all three of his three-point attempts. ... Chandler was called for a technical while on the bench in the third quarter. Josh Jackson picked up a technical in the second. ... Booker missed six of his first eight shots and had one blocked.

Kings: Skal Labissiere made his 13th start of the season and first since Dec. 14 (Dec. 15, PHL time) after sitting out the previous three games because of coach's decision. ... Vince Carter, who scored a season-high 24 points against Cleveland on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time), did not play.


Suns: Returns to Phoenix to play Philadelphia on Sunday (Monday, PHL time).

Kings: Host Memphis on Sunday (Monday, PHL time).

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