NBA: Kings rally from 21 points down to stun Suns

Field Level Media/Reuters

Posted at Jan 08 2020 01:51 PM

De'Aaron Fox #5 of the Sacramento Kings reacts after scoring against the Phoenix Suns during the second half the NBA game at Talking Stick Resort Arena on January 07, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. Christian Petersen, Getty Images/AFP

Nemanja Bjelica gave Sacramento the lead for good with a 3-pointer with 7:31 remaining in the game, and De'Aaron Fox saved nine of his team-high 27 points for the final 7:02 as the visiting Kings rallied from a 21-point deficit to stun the Phoenix Suns 114-103 on Tuesday night.

Devin Booker extended his franchise record of consecutive 30-point games to seven with a game-high 34-point effort, but it wasn't enough to prevent the Suns from sustaining a second consecutive home loss.

Playing the second night of a back-to-back and down 80-59 with under five minutes remaining in the third quarter, the Kings climbed within 87-78 before period's end thanks in large part to four 3-pointers, including a pair by rookie Justin James.

Nemanja completed the comeback and put the Kings up 92-91 on a dunk with 8:03 left in the final quarter, then responded to two Kelly Oubre Jr. free throws with his go-ahead 3-pointer, giving the visitors a 95-93 advantage.

Fox did most of the heavy lifting after that, including consecutive long jumpers -- one a 3-pointer -- after the Suns had gotten within 102-100 with still 3:47 to play.

Phoenix never got closer than five after that.

Bjelica finished with 19 points, and Buddy Hield had 16 for Sacramento, which was coming off a 111-98 home win over Golden State on Monday night.

Backup big man Dewayne Dedmon, recently fined for requesting a trade, chipped in with a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double for the Kings, while Trevor Ariza added 15 points and Cory Joseph 10.

Hield (four), Bjelica (three) and Ariza (three) combined for 10 3-pointers as the Kings outscored the Suns 45-33 from beyond the arc.

Booker shot 12-for-21 en route to his 34 points. He also found time for seven assists.

Deandre Ayton had 21 points to go with a team-high nine rebounds, Oubre 17 points and Ricky Rubio a game-high nine assists to complement eight points for Phoenix, which had won two of the first three games in the now-complete season series.

The Suns lost despite outshooting the Kings 48.1 percent to 44.0.

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