Wednesday night certainly wasn’t the story the Suns had foreseen coming into the game against the Sacramento Kings. The Suns trailed most the game at U.S. Airways Center and flushed their four-game winning streak down the drain, losing to the Kings 108-99.
Had the Suns won the game, not only would it have been their fifth in a row, but they would have picked up a game in the standings as the Oklahoma City Thunder were destroyed by the San Antonio Spurs 130 to 91.
The Suns could have been two games out of the 8th and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with just 10 games to go in the regular season.
But just like many other times this year, things didn’t go the Suns’ way.
It seemed promising out of the gate. The Suns were hoping they could jump to an early start seeing that the Kings looked a little worn out coming off a 107-106 win the night before in Sacramento against the Philadelphia 76ers.
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Instead, the Kings outscored the Suns in the first frame 31-26. In fact, the Suns didn’t score higher than the Kings in any quarter until the fourth in Wednesday night’s game, but by that time, it was too little too late.
As a team, the Kings shot 49.4 percent from the field, compared to the Suns 43.7 percent. The Kings were much better at the line as well, knocking down 20 0f 23 free throws compared to the Suns, who shot 17 of 26 from the line.
DeMarcus Cousins led the way for the Kings, scoring 24 points on the night with 11 rebounds and three assists.
Eric Bledsoe carried the Suns all night long. Bledsoe, battling a stomach bug, put up 19 points and grabbed five rebounds.
Markieff and Marcus Morris combined for 43 points on the night and had seven and three rebounds respectively.
Oh by the way, the Suns have lost three out of the four games against the Kings this season. All three losses coming against three different Kings head coaches this season.
The Suns pick things up again Friday night when the take on the Portland Trailblazers in Phoenix.