SACRAMENTO -- Isaiah Thomas sank two free throws to break a tie with 30.4 seconds remaining, and the Sacramento Kings punctuated a game of runs by scoring the final 10 points to beat the Phoenix Suns 106-104 on Tuesday at Sleep Train Arena.
The free throws capped a 19-point night by the third-year guard, and helped the Kings (3-6) win the opener of a back-to-back, home-and-home series between the two teams by overcoming an 84-70 third-quarter deficit. It also put him in the Sacramento record book; Thomas' nine straight double-digit scoring games off the bench broke Walt Williams' mark of eight.
Forward Marcus Morris, who finished with 19 points for the Suns, missed a 3-pointer from the corner with 1 second remaining, and Kings center DeMarcus Cousins made 1 of 2 free throws for the final margin. Phoenix guard Goran Dragic missed a halfcourt shot at the final buzzer.
Cousins, playing the entire second half after dislocating his shoulder with 15.9 seconds left in the first half and popping it back into place, finished with a game-high 27 points and 12 rebounds for Sacramento, his fifth double-double of the season. Rookie guard Ben McLemore scored 19 points and made four 3-pointers, his best performance in four games since becoming a starter.
Guard Gerald Green scored 23 points to lead the Suns (5-5), who played without leading scorer and passer Eric Bledsoe for the first time this season. The point guard, who's averaged 20.4 points and 6.8 assists in Phoenix's first nine games, sat out with a bruised left shin, suffered when he collided with forward P.J. Tucker in practice.
Forward Channing Frye had 17 points and nine rebounds for Phoenix and guard Archie Goodwin had 16 points off the bench for the Suns.
NOTES: Sacramento F Patrick Patterson returned to action after missing Sunday's game and most of the previous one with a bruised knee. ... Phoenix rookie C Alex Len missed his eighth straight game with a sore left ankle. ... Jeff Hornacek's 5-4 start as Phoenix's rookie head coach trailed only Alvin Gentry (2008-09), Terry Porter (2008-09) and Paul Westphal (1992-93) in team history. Gentry, Porter and Westphal each started their Suns coaching careers 6-3. ... The Kings were held to 90 points or fewer in five of their first nine games and were averaging only 93.0 entering the game, the fifth-fewest in the NBA. ... Red Cross volunteers collected donations before the game to provide relief support in The Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.