Former Huskies star Isaiah Thomas scored 27 points and Tyreke Evans had 25 for the Sacramento Kings, who defeated the Phoenix Suns 121-112 on Friday night.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Former Huskies star Isaiah Thomas scored 27 points and Tyreke Evans had 25 for the Sacramento Kings, who defeated the Phoenix Suns 121-112 on Friday night.
It was a rare win for the Kings (22-42), who had dropped nine of their previous 11 games and escaped the bottom of the Western Conference. Phoenix and New Orleans, both 21-41, now share the worst record in the West.
The Kings shot 55 percent and converted six straight free throws in the final 16 seconds to secure the victory. Marcus Thornton made five three-pointers and scored 23 points for the Kings. DeMarcus Cousins had 22 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists for Sacramento. Jason Thompson had 12 points.
Thomas hit 4 of 5 three-pointers and also had six assists and five steals.
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Michael Beasley scored 24 points for the Suns, who had beaten the Kings in five straight, including twice this season. Wesley Johnson had 19 points and Goran Dragic had 17 points and 16 assists.
Percentages: FG .478, FT .826. Three-point goals: 7-23, .304 (W.Johnson 3-9, Beasley 2-4, Marc.Morris 1-2, Dragic 1-3, Marshall 0-1, Dudley 0-2, Tucker 0-2). Team rebounds: 7. Team turnovers: 13 (14 PTS). Blocked shots: 6 (Haddadi 3, Beasley, W.Johnson, Mark.Morris). Turnovers: 13 (Scola 4, Dragic 3, Marc.Morris 2, Beasley, Haddadi, W.Johnson, Tucker). Steals: 9 (Dragic 5, W.Johnson 2, Marc.Morris, Scola). Technical fouls: Defensive three second, 11:19 fourth.
Percentages: FG .549, FT .857. Three-point goals: 13-27, .481 (Thornton 5-7, Thomas 4-5, Evans 4-6, Douglas 0-1, Fredette 0-1, Patterson 0-1, Outlaw 0-2, Salmons 0-4). Team rebounds: 8. Team turnovers: 16 (21 PTS). Blocked shots: 4 (Evans 2, Patterson, Thompson). Turnovers: 15 (Evans 6, Cousins 4, Thomas 2, Outlaw, Salmons, Thompson). Steals: 8 (Thomas 5, Cousins 2, Evans). Technical fouls: None.
|Phoenix||30||27||25||30 — 112|
|Sacramento||32||27||30||32 — 121|
Attendance: 13,501 (17,317). Time: 2:20. Officials: B. Spooner, M. Smith, H. Workman.