Kings 108, Suns 94
The return of Miller had the balanced Kings offense running with its typical efficiency. Sidelined the previous seven games with a sprained right foot, Miller had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Sacramento, which owns the NBA’s best record, 43-15.
“I got in a rhythm and was trying not to do too much,” Miller said. “But I could tell I had missed some time.”
Speaking of missing, the Kings look forward to Tuesday’s home game against the Los Angeles Clippers, when Webber is expected to play for the first time this season.
Webber, who has been out with a knee injury most of the season, missed the last eight games while on suspension.
“I would assume he’ll start,” Kings coach Rick Adelman said. “We’ll sit down and talk about it tomorrow at practice.”
Against the struggling Suns, Doug Christie did not let a cut near his right eye bother his shooting. Known more for his defense, he scored a season-high 28 points and added eight rebounds, nine assists and four steals.
“They have pretty good shooters,” Amare Stoudemire said. “Christie caught fire. That was rough for us. And you know Stojakovic shoots. That’s nothing new to us. And Brad Miller came out and played a solid game.”
The Kings had no answer for Stoudemire, either. He fouled out late in the game, but had 33 points and 17 rebounds for the Suns, who had their two-game winning streak snapped. Leandro Barbosa and Shawn Marion both scored 14 points and Joe Johnson had 12.
“Amare had a monster game,” Suns coach Mike D’Antoni said. “He’s improving all the time.”
Despite Stoudemire’s 20 first-half points, the Kings took a 54-47 lead into the break. Stojakovic scored 10 points in the third quarter, helping Sacramentobuild its lead to 82-73.
The NBA’s leading free throw shooter, Stojakovic missed two straight in the opening quarter, but finished 9-for-11. … Stoudemire has led the Suns in scoring the past nine games, getting 20 points or more each time. … The Suns have lost eight straight games in Sacramento. … The Kings’ bench had acombined nine points.