Sunday, December 29, 2019
The Sacramento Kings are in danger of reaching their longest losing streak this season as they try to avoid a sixth straight loss. They will hope to do that as they host the Phoenix Suns tonight at the Golden 1 Center. The Suns, on the other hand, are dealing with struggles of their own as they are trying to end an eight-game losing streak.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:
The Phoenix Suns and the Sacramento Kings have battled each other a grand total of 251 times in the past as the Kings won 105 games while the Suns went on to achieve 146 victories.
-Deandre Ayton (ankle; 18.0 PPG, 11.5 RPG, 1.5 APG, 54.5 FG%)
-Ty Jerome (coach’s decision; 4.2 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 2.2 APG, 32.7 FG%, 30.0 3P%)
-Tyler Johnson (coach’s decision; 6.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 38.2 FG%, 31.1 3P%)
-Jalen Lecque (G-League)
-Jared Harper (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Marvin Bagley (foot; 13.7 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 0.7 APG, 45.9 FG%, 21.4 3P%)
-De’Aaron Fox (back; 17.6 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 6.4 APG, 46.5 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Trever Ariza (coach’s decision; 5.5 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 1.3 APG, 37.4 FG%, 34.5 3P%)
-Dewayne Dedmon (coach’s decision; 4.8 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 41.9 FG%, 22.9 3P%)
-Harry Giles (coach’s decision; 3.4 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.7 APG, 44.0 FG%)
-Caleb Swanigan (coach’s decision; 0.6 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)
-Kyle Guy (G-League)
-DaQuan Jeffries (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 100.0 FG%)
The Suns would have control of the game in the first half as they shot fifty-seven percent from the field while the Kings shot forty-four percent. Kelly Oubre chalked up 15 points while grabbing ten rebounds, dished off 2 assists, and committed 2 steals. He also had a three-pointer while Devin Booker helped out with 14 points, a rebound, five assists, and one steal.
Former Jazz point guard Ricky Rubio had nine points which included a three-pointer in the second period. Aron Baynes contributed with four points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field. Mikal Bridges played the most minutes off the bench but only scored nine points.
On the other end of the floor, Cory Joseph had ten points on fifty-five percent shooting. Harrison Barnes and Buddy Hield both had eight points each while Hield recorded two rebounds, two assists, and a block. Richaun Holmes and Nemanja Bjelica combined for 12 points. Bogdan Bogdanovic played 13 minutes off the bench but only had eight points while the Phoenix team went into halftime with a 59 to 49 advantage.
The Kings would attempt a comeback in the second half as they went on a 61-53 run, shooting fifty-three percent from the field. During that run, Hield scored 15 points while hitting two three-pointers in the process. Barnes helped out with 13 points as he grabbed 5 rebounds and dished off one assist. Bogdanovic played the most minutes off the bench as he dropped 14 points.
As for the visitors, Booker added 18 more points to his scoring total while Oubre had five points, six rebounds, and three assists. Mikal Bridges scored two points off the bench but the Suns were still able to come away with a 112-110 victory. Devin Booker finished the game with 32 points, 3 rebounds, a season-high-tying 10 assists, and a season-high-tying 2 steals while Buddy Hield settled for 23 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and one block.
The Phoenix Suns will travel to Oregon to take on Damian Lillard (26.9 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 7.5 APG, 44.3 FG%, 35.8 3P%) and the Portland Trail Blazers (14-18) on Monday at 10:00 p.m. This will mark the second of four times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season. The last time they played each other was on December 16 when the Trail Blazers pulled away with a 111-110 win. C.J. McCollum finished that game with 30 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, one steal, and a block while Kelly Oubre had 24 points, 2 assists, 3 steals, and one block.
The Sacramento Kings will head to Colorado to fight Nikola Jokic (17.6 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 6.8 APG, 48.5 FG%, 30.6 3P%) and the Denver Nuggets (21-9) on Sunday at 8:00 p.m. It will be the third of four times that these two teams will play each other this season. November 30 was the last time they saw each other as the Nuggets fell to the Kings, 100-97. During that game, Harrison Barnes scored 30 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, dished off one assist, and committed 2 steals while Gary Harris settled for 25 points, 3 rebounds, one assist 3 steals, and 2 blocks.