By George Deviine, Sr.
The Kings went to Phoenix for the second game of a home-and-home series against the Suns and beat them again, this time by a score of 113-106. The key in this game was to score early and often. In the first frame the two teams tied at 27. In the second Sacramento outscored the home team by a 28-23 margin and in the third tallied 119 points against the Suns’ 12. But in the final period, Phoenix went on a run that had them scoring 44 points to the Kings’ 39, and it was the visitors’ early performance that kept them in the game.
Isaiah Thomas led the Kings with 23 points. DeMarcus Cousins had 19 and a dozen rebounds despite a sore shoulder that developed after he was fouled in the previous night’s game at Oracle Arena in Oakland. Greivis Vasquez scored 13 points and had 6 assists. Goran Drajic led the Suns with 31 points and contributed 5 assists. Miles Plumlee had 7 rebounds.