Instant Analysis: Kings climb up standings after rallying late vs Suns
KINGS GET BY SUNS
SACRAMENTO -- Cellar dwellers no more. With a 99-92 win over the Phoenix Suns Tuesday evening at Golden 1 Center, the Sacramento Kings jumped up a notch in the Pacific standings and now sit at 9-18 on the season.
Veterans George Hill and Zach Randolph went to work to lead Sacramento in scoring. The Kings’ bench chipped in 51 points as the Kings overcame a fourth quarter deficit to come away with the victory.
T.J. Warren dropped in 18 points and Mike James added 17 for a Suns team that has now lost four straight.
STANDOUT PERFORMER I
George who? Veteran George Hill missed the Kings previous game due to a personal issue. For only the second time in his last six games, Hill dropped in double-figure scoring, finishing the night with 18 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals. Sacramento needs more of this George Hill on a nightly basis.
STANDOUT PERFORMER II
Welcome back, Willie. Cauley-Stein missed three straight games with a lower back strain. He didn’t miss a beat in his return. In 29 minutes off the bench, the high-flying 7-footer poured in 13 points on and added six rebounds in his return.
The Kings fell behind in the early fourth quarter, but they used an 13-0 run to track down and pass the Suns. Dave Joerger used four guards and Randolph during the stretch and Phoenix had no answer.
Cauley-Stein returned after missing three straight games due to a lower back strain. Harry Giles is out until January at the earliest due to bilateral knee rehab.
Following Tuesday’s game against Phoenix, the Kings hit the road for another four-game road trip beginning Thursday in Minnesota. They’ll hit Toronto, Philly and Brooklyn before returning home to face the Spurs on Dec. 23.