Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes (0) jumps for joy and on the back of teammate guard Tyrese Haliburton (40) as D’Aaron Fox (5) smiles in the background after Barnes converts a three point game winning shot in the fourth quarter to defeat the Phoenix Suns on Wed Oct 27, 2021 in Phoenix (AP News photo)
By Daniel Dullum
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Harrison Barnes canned a 3-pointer as time expired in the fourth quarter, thwarting a Phoenix comeback and giving the Sacramento Kings a 110-107 victory over the Suns Wednesday at Footprint Center in downtown Phoenix.
Buddy Hield led the Kings (2-2) with 26 points in 27 minutes off the bench, while Barnes finished with 22 points, four assists and nine rebounds. Hield 7 of 11 on 3-pointers.
De’Aaron Fox had 18 points and nine assists, Richaun Holmes was Sacramento’s top rebounder with 12 boards to go with 12 points, Tyrese Haliburton had 15 points and Alex Len – who played his first five NBA seasons with Phoenix – added 10 points for the Kings.
Devin Booker was the Suns’ top scorer with a season-high 31 points; he also had eight assists and six rebounds. Deandre Ayton finished with 21 points and 21 rebounds, Mikal Bridges had 15 points and Elfrid Payton and Jae Crowder each added 10 points for Phoenix.
After the Suns (1-3) led 61-53 at halftime, they went cold in the third quarter, while Sacramento heated up and took an 82-76 lead after three periods. The Kings used a 17-6 run to surge ahead.
Phoenix went on a 12-2 run late in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 107-107 on a Bridges dunk with 34 seconds to play, completing a rally to erase a 13-point Sacramento lead
The Suns came up with a defensive stop on the next possession, but Booker missed an 18-foot jumper with 1.4 seconds left. Fox then threw an inbounds pass to Barnes, who spotted up two feet behind the arc with Booker guarding him tightly. Barnes hit nothing but net as the horn sounded.
Phoenix, the defending Western Conference champions, finished the game 6 of 22 from 3-point range (27 percent).
The Kings’ road trip continues on Friday in New Orleans.