The Phoenix Suns are doing better this season than what people anticipated as they currently hold a 7-5 record. They will, however, look to avoid a second straight loss as they fight the Sacramento Kings at the Golden 1 Center tonight. The Suns have only lost one of their three road games this season, which was to the Denver Nuggets on October 25.
The Kings, on the other hand, are hoping to achieve a second consecutive victory as they just recently snapped the Boston Celtics’ ten-game win streak on Sunday, 100-99. The California team will try to use that as a momentum change as they have a 5-7 record.
Tonight’s game will mark the second of four games between these two ball clubs this season. The last time they saw each other was on October 23 when the Suns came away with a huge 124-95 win. During that game, Devin Booker scored 22 points, grabbed 2 rebounds, dished off 10 assists, and committed one steal while Buddy Hield had 28 points, five rebounds, and two assists.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:
The Phoenix Suns and the Sacramento Kings have battled each other a grand total of 250 times as the Suns won 146 games while the Kings were kept to just 104 victories.
-Ty Jerome (ankle)
-Deandre Ayton (suspension; 18.0 PPG, 11.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 64.3 FG%)
-Aron Baynes (hip; 14.5 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 3.1 APG, 56.1 FG%, 44.2 3P%)
-Jevon Carter (coach’s decision; 4.3 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 1.9 APG, 38.1 FG%, 40.7 3P%)
-Jalen Lecque (G-League)
-Jared Harper (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Trevor Ariza (groin; 4.2 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 0.8 APG, 35.7 FG%, 37.5 3P%)
-Marvin Bagley (thumb; 14.0 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 37.5 FG%)
-De’Aaron Fox (ankle; 18.2 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 7.0 APG, 43.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Caleb Swanigan (ankle; 0.8 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)
-Wenyen Gabriel (coach’s decision; 1.8 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.5 APG, 23.1 FG%, 14.3 3P%)
-Harry Giles (coach’s decision; 3.5 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 40.0 FG%)
-DaQuan Jeffries (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Kyle Guy (G-League)
The Sacramento Kings would have full control of the game in the first half as they shot sixty-two percent from the field, limiting the Phoenix Suns to thirty-one percent. Bogdan Bogdanovic got hot for 18 points in the 18 minutes that he played off the bench. He also had four three-pointers in the second quarter while recording 3 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals.
Former 76ers’ center Richaun Holmes helped out with 12 points and 8 rebounds while Buddy Hield and Nemanja Bjelica both had seven points each. They both were also able to knock down a three-pointer while Harrison Barnes scored four points. Cory Joseph had kept scoreless in the 17 minutes that he played.
On the other end of the floor, Devin Booker chalked up 12 points while hitting a three-pointer in the first quarter. Kelly Oubre gave eight points while collecting four rebounds and coming up with four steals. Ricky Rubio only had one point while Frank Kaminsky dropped four points. Tyler Johnson played the most minutes off the bench but only had two points as the home team went into halftime with a commanding 62-45 lead over the Suns.
The Arizona team would respond in the second half as they went on a 71-58 run, shooting fifty-four percent from the field. Booker added to his scoring total during that run as he earned 18 more points, drilling two three-pointers in the process. Both Mikal Bridges and Frank Kaminsky helped out with 13 points each while Oubre had 12 points. Elie Okobo played 18 minutes off the bench but only had four points.
As for the Kings, Barnes chalked up 11 more points while Bjelica had 10 more. Hield didn’t do very well as he only had five points but Holmes helped out with eight points. Bogdanovic scored 13 points off the bench as the Kings held on to take a 120-116 win. Bogdan Bogdanovic finished with a career-high 31 points, along with four rebounds, 7 assists, and 3 steals while Devin Booker had 30 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists, and 2 steals.
The Phoenix Suns will host Jrue Holiday (17.2 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 7.1 APG, 39.4 FG%, 32.2 3P%) and the New Orleans Pelicans (4-9) on Thursday at 10:30 p.m. This will mark the first of three meetings between these two ball clubs this season.
The Sacramento Kings will travel to New York to take on Spencer Dinwiddie (18.5 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 4.8 APG, 41.7 FG%, 30.1 3P%) and the Brooklyn Nets (5-8) on Friday at 7:30 p.m. This will be the first of two times that they see each other this season.