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Friday, December 13th
(All times Eastern)
Sacramento Kings (6-14) at Phoenix Suns (12-9), 9 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Phoenix Suns will carry their winning streak into
Friday's opener of a three-game homestand versus the Sacramento Kings.
The Suns have won a season-high three in a row and seven of 10 games, and will
also host Golden State and San Antonio in the desert. They are 6-3 at US
Airways Center this season and recorded a 114-108 road victory against the Los
Angeles Lakers on Tuesday at Staples Center.
Goran Dragic led Phoenix with 31 points and Marcus Morris netted 22 off the
bench in the win. Eric Bledsoe ended with 18 points and handed out nine
assists for the Suns, who made 51.8 percent of their shots. Markieff Morris
had 15 points and seven rebounds, while Channing Frye scored 11 points.
"We just continued to play our game and not slow down," Marcus Morris said of
holding off the Lakers down the stretch.
The Lakers trailed by as many as 14 in the third quarter, but Kobe Bryant and
Jordan Hill netted four points apiece during an 11-2 run to close the gap to
73-72 late in the third.
Los Angeles, though, never got any closer.
Phoenix is seeking its first four-game winning streak since last Dec. 12-19.
Sacramento hopes to get back on the winning track when it takes on the Suns
Friday night. The Kings had a two-game winning streak stopped in Wednesday's
122-101 loss versus the Utah Jazz and lost for the seventh time in nine tries.
DeMarcus Cousins had 21 points and 11 rebounds, Isaiah Thomas posted 20 points
and both Derrick Williams and Jimmer Fredette scored 13 for the Kings.
"I honestly don't know the reason, but it was pretty bad," Cousins admitted.
"They jumped out on us early."
Cousins has scored 20 or more points in seven of his last eight games.
The Kings were once again without Rudy Gay, Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray. The
trio was acquired in a trade earlier in the week from Toronto but did not pass
physicals in time to play in Wednesday's contest. All three should be
available on Friday. Gay scored in double-figures in 17 of the 18 games this
season for the Raptors.
Sacramento will play five of the next six games on the road and is 2-4 as the
guest this season. It has played only six road games this season, the least
road games played so far in the NBA.
The Suns have lost the first two meetings with the Kings this season and four
straight overall in this series. The Kings, though, have lost 12 of the last
15 contests in the Valley of the Sun.
12/13 10:25:22 ET