Sacramento has won six of its past 10 games.
PHOENIX — DeMarcus Cousins scored 17 consecutive points in the first half and finished with 34 in the Sacramento Kings’ 117-103 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night.
Cousins also had 14 rebounds while playing only the first three quarters. Isaiah Thomas added 23 points and eight assists to help the Kings win for only the second time in their past 14 games in Phoenix.
Sacramento, which has won six of its past 10, shot 53 percent from the floor and converted 22 of 24 free throws. Thomas and Cousins combined to go 17 of 17 from the line.
“We have a unique big man,” Kings coach Keith Smart said. “He’s a big who can play big but has the skills of a guard and a perimeter player. He has the whole package. When everything comes along in his life, when he grows up and sells into how he plays every night in the NBA, he’ll be a special talent.”
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Told of his coach’s analysis, Cousins said, “Why, thank you.”
Phoenix, resting point guard Goran Dragic for the second straight game, has lost 11 of its past 13.
Cousins has six career 30-point games.
KINGS 117, SUNS 103
Percentages: FG .530, FT .917. Three-point goals: 7-18, .389 (Thomas 3-4, Fredette 1-1, Thornton 1-1, Cousins 1-2, Douglas 1-3, Patterson 0-2, Salmons 0-2, Evans 0-3). Team rebounds: 3. Team turnovers: 18 (19 PTS). Blocked shots: 3 (Patterson 2, Cousins). Turnovers: 18 (Cousins 5, Thomas 5, Thompson 3, Salmons 2, Thornton 2, Outlaw). Steals: 5 (Douglas 3, Cousins, Evans). Technical fouls: Thompson, 6:30 third.
Percentages: FG .447, FT .522. Three-point goals: 7-20, .350 (W.Johnson 3-6, Dudley 2-4, Scola 1-1, Marshall 1-4, Garrett 0-1, Mark.Morris 0-1, Tucker 0-1, Beasley 0-2). Team rebounds: 14. Team turnovers: 9 (12 PTS). Blocked shots: 6 (Haddadi 3, Beasley, W.Johnson, Mark.Morris). Turnovers: 9 (Tucker 3, Marshall 2, Beasley, Dudley, W.Johnson, Marc.Morris). Steals: 11 (Tucker 3, Marshall 2, Beasley, Dudley, Garrett, W.Johnson, Mark.Morris, Scola). Technical fouls: Defensive three second, 2:08 second.
|Sacramento||38||26||24||29 — 117|
|Phoenix||32||18||28||25 — 103|
Attendance: 15,086 (18,422). Time: 2:07. Officials: Ken Mauer, Marat Kogut, Leon Wood.