Kings get burned late in loss to Suns
Not enough down the stretch
SACRAMENTO -- Welcome to the 2017-18 Sacramento Kings season. After knocking off one of the best the Eastern Conference has to offer in the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday, the Kings fell flat and lost to Phoenix Suns Friday evening by a final of 111-101.
T.J. Warren ran roughshod over the Kings wings, finishing with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Devin Booker got hot late to score 26 and Sacramento native Marquese Chriss caught fire from the outside to propel Phoenix.
Seven Kings scored in double-figures, but it wasn’t enough as Sacramento fell to 12-23 on the season.
T.J. Warren is a problem for Sacramento. The Kings lack a player with his size and the high scoring forward used that to his advantage. He hit the Kings for a solid 26-point, 10-rebound double-double in the win.
STANDOUT PERFORMER II
Garrett Temple is a defensive stopper. The veteran wing was taxed with slowing LeBron James on Wednesday and did a yeoman's job. On Friday evening, he held Booker in check for most of the game, helping to limit the Suns leading scorer to 9-of-25 shooting.
STANDOUT PERFORMER III
Skal Labissiere has struggled to get on the court in the month of December, including five DNP-CDs. He came out aggressive against the Suns, scoring 10 points in the first seven minutes of the game. He sat through the second quarter, but fired up the scoring again in the opening seconds of the third quarter before heading back to the bench. He finished the night with 12 points and four rebounds in 15 minutes of action.
With just under three minutes to play and the Kings trailing by four, George Hill missed a pair of free throws and the Kings never recovered. Phoenix made shots when they needed them down the stretch and Sacramento didn’t.
De’Aaron Fox continues to miss games due to a slight tear of the right quad. He’s missed a week action so far, but scheduled for reevaluated next week. Harry Giles is out until January at the earliest due to bilateral knee rehab.
The Kings continue their six-game homestand Sunday against Dave Joerger’s former team, the Memphis Grizzlies. They’ll face Charlotte, Denver and San Antonio before venturing out to Los Angeles to face the Lakers on Jan. 9.