Suns start slow, then blow past Kings 124-95
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 24, 2019 12:48 PM
Phoenix Suns forward Kelly Oubre Jr. shoots over Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III (35) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
By David Brandt, Associated Press
PHOENIX (AP) — Devin Booker had 22 points and 10 assists, Kelly Oubre Jr. added 21 points and the Phoenix Suns recovered from a slow start to roll past the Sacramento Kings 124-95 in the season opener for both teams on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time).
Six Suns scored in double figures. Ricky Rubio had 11 points, 11 assists, six rebounds and four steals in his first game after signing a three-year deal worth $51 million.
Deandre Ayton added 18 points and 11 rebounds while shooting 9-of-14 from the field.
Sacramento was led by Buddy Hield, who scored 22 of his 28 points in the first half. Hield shot 10-of-19 from the field, including 6-of-12 from three-point range. Marvin Bagley III added 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Monty Williams won in his Suns coaching debut. The 48-year-old Williams coached the New Orleans Hornets for five seasons from 2010-15 and got another opportunity with Phoenix.
The Suns trailed by five at halftime but rallied for an 86-76 advantage headed into the fourth. Jevon Carter hit back-to-back three-pointers late in the third to give the Suns some unexpected offense, highlighting an impressive run by the Suns' second unit.
Carter finished with 11 points.
Kings: F Harry Giles III (sore left knee) was held out. ... The game was the Kings debut of coach Luke Walton. The 39-year-old coached the Lakers for three seasons before being fired during the past offseason. ... One of Walton's assistants is Igor Kokoskov, who coached the Suns last season before getting fired after just one year and a 19-63 record.
Suns: Rookie guards Ty Jerome (right ankle sprain) and Cameron Johnson (left calf soreness) were inactive. ... Booker was called for a technical foul in the third quarter after arguing with a referee. ... The Suns improved to 36-17 all-time in home openers.
Kings: Host Portland on Friday (Saturday, PHL time).
Suns: Visit Denver on Friday (Saturday, PHL time).