Kings 121, Suns 112

Martin McNeal, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

SACRAMENTO - The Sacramento Kings finally figured out a way to defeat the Phoenix Suns and came away with a 121-112 victory before an announced crowd of 13,501 at Sleep Train Arena on Friday.
The Kings (22-42) had lost five straight overall to the Suns, including the first two of their four-game series this season.
However, the Kings grabbed a lead in the second quarter with a 15-5 run and were able to hold on, no matter how much they seemed to try to give it away.
Phoenix (21-41) lost its second straight game, this time because its defense could not keep Sacramento's offense under control.
The Kings shot 54.9 percent overall, including 48.1 percent from three-point range, and 86 percent from the free-throw line.
Five Kings scored in double-figures, including Isaiah Thomas, who scored a game-high 27 points to lead four Sacramento players who had at least 20 points. Shooting guard Tyreke Evans followed with 25 points, including 14 in the second half.
Sixth man Marcus Thornton continued his strong scoring with 23 points, while center DeMarcus Cousins broke out of a two-game slump with 22 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists and two steals.
Michael Beasley led the Suns with 24 points off the bench. Beasley had his career high of 42 in this arena while with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2010.
The Suns closed to within three points with 6:50 left in the game and trailed by four points with 43 seconds remaining.
But Evans hit two free throws with 16 seconds left, and Thomas added two more five seconds later.
Notes: The Kings started a three-game home stand Friday... The Suns had won the past five meetings with the Kings. Sacramento's last victory (116-113) over Phoenix was March 29, 2011. ... The Kings handed out 20 or more assists in each of the past nine games. They averaged 25.1 assists during that span. ... The Suns likely have lost the services of center Marcin Gortat for the rest of the season because of a sprained right foot. He injured it by stepping on the foot of Toronto's Amir Johnson Wednesday night. Gortat had a consecutive-game streak of 182 before Friday night. He'll be in a cast for three weeks. ... The Suns were 8-12 before Friday under interim coach Lindsey Hunter, who won his first game as the head coach Jan. 23.

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