Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) – DeMarcus Cousins had 25 points and 18
rebounds but fouled out late in regulation and had to watch two overtime
periods from the bench.
His teammates stepped up in crunch time and the Sacramento Kings took a
114-112 win over the Phoenix Suns, extending one of the best starts in
Darren Collison had 16 points and Ben McLemore scored 15 for the Kings, who
improved to 5-1 on the young season despite shooting just 3-of-16 from behind
the arc. They have also won five straight games for the first time since
Eric Bledsoe had 23 points and eight assists for Phoenix, losers in three of
four. Goran Dragic scored 22 points and Miles Plumlee filled the stat sheet
with 15 points and 16 rebounds.
Phoenix led 88-77 through three quarters, but the visitors dominated the
fourth, holding the Suns to just 4-for-18 shooting.
Plumlee made it 94-83 with his free throw at 7:28 when Sacramento rattled
off 11 straight points to tie it. Cousins scored five during the run,
including free throws at 4:57 to make it 94-94.
The Kings took their first lead of the fourth when Cousins converted a three-
point play at 1:37.
After empty possessions both ways, Bledsoe tied it when he darted through the
defense for a scoop layup. Sacramento took a timeout to advance the ball but
whatever play was drawn up in the huddle ended before it began, with Cousins
getting called for his sixth foul on an illegal screen.
Former King Isaiah Thomas, who signed with Phoenix this offseason, missed a
contested 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded.
The Suns scored the first seven points of overtime, with P.J. Tucker hitting a
triple from the left wing at 3:34 to make it 106-99. They were held scoreless
the rest of the way as Sacramento clawed back.
Collison scored back-to-back field goals and McLemore made a pair of free
throws. Collison split a pair from the stripe to tie it. The Kings had the
final look this time, but Rudy Gay dribbled off his leg and had to settle for
a heave from near midcourt.
Gay finished with 11 points on just 5-for-22 shooting.
Bledsoe’s layup three minutes into the second overtime period gave the Suns a
112-108 lead. Once again, the Kings fought back. McLemore potted a triple from
the corner and Gay hit a turnaround jumper. Collison split a pair at the line
with 15.1 seconds left to make it a 114-112 game.
Phoenix had two final looks at the basket, with Tucker missing a corner 3-ball
and Marcus Morris coming up short on his fade-away midrange jumper.
The Kings are 3-0 on the road for the first time since 1995-96 … The Kings
are 5-1 for the first time since starting 9-1 in the 1999-2000 season …
Tucker scored 15 for the Suns … Cousins shot 13-of-14 from the free throw
line … Sacramento won the rebounding edge, 60-42 … Both teams shot 42.9
percent from the floor.