Kings can't stop Josh Jackson, fall to league-worst Suns
BURNED IN PHOENIX
With all eyes on the future, the Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns faced off at Talking Stick Resort Arena Tuesday evening. In a battle of shorthanded squads, the home team prevailed, coming away with the 97-94 victory.
The Suns were led by rookie Josh Jackson, who went at the Kings from the opening tip. Alex Len came off the bench to drop in a double-double and Tyler Ulis chipped in 13 points and nine assists in the win.
Bogdan Bogdanovic hit the Suns for a team-high 22 points. Justin Jackson and Willie Cauley-Stein posted solid numbers as well, but it wasn’t enough get get by Phoenix.
STANDOUT PERFORMER I
Josh Jackson came to play. The rookie out of Kansas went off for 28 points and six rebounds against the Kings. With most of Phoenix’s scorers on the shelf in the second half of the season, Jackson has put up big numbers.
STANDOUT PERFORMER II
Justin Jackson came alive against Phoenix. Jackson showed steady improvement in the month of March and it’s carrying over to April. He knocked down 7-of-11 from the field for 19 points and stuffed the stat sheet with eight rebounds, four assist a steal and a block.
STANDOUT PERFORMER III
Bogdanovic has it rolling. After a tough stretch in March, the rookie out of Serbia is finishing the season with a fury. Against the team that drafted him in 2014, Bogdanovic dropped in 22 points on 8-for-21 shooting in the loss.
Phoenix pushed their lead to double-figures in the early fourth quarter and barely found a way to hang on for the win. The victory snapped a 15-game losing streak for the Suns and was only the second win in 27 attempts.
Garrett Temple and Skal Labissiere are both out with left shoulder strains. Zach Randolph is away from the team on personal business and plans to reunite with the group Friday in Memphis. Iman Shumpert has yet to suit up for Sacramento due to knee rehab and plantar fasciitis and Harry Giles (knee rehab) is out for the season.
With just three games remaining in the 2017-18 season, the Kings travel to Memphis to take on the Grizzlies Friday evening. They make a stop in San Antonio to play the Spurs before returning home Wednesday to finish off the season against the Houston Rockets.