Deandre Ayton leads scorching Suns over Kings for 40th win

FILE — Deandre Ayton #22 of the Phoenix Suns makes an attempt a free-throw shot in opposition to the Atlanta Hawks through the NBA sport at Phoenix Suns Area on March 30, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. Christian Petersen/Getty Photos/AFP 

Deandre Ayton scored 26 factors on 10 of 11 capturing and picked up 11 rebounds to steer the red-hot Phoenix Suns to a 122-114 victory over the visiting Sacramento Kings on Thursday evening.

Devin Booker added 23 factors as Phoenix received its fourth straight contest and 14th in its previous 16 video games. The Suns (40-15) grew to become the second NBA staff to achieve 40 victories this season, following the Utah Jazz (41).

Chris Paul recorded 13 factors, 11 assists and three steals and Mikal Bridges and Jevon Carter additionally scored 13 factors apiece for Phoenix.

De’Aaron Fox registered 27 factors and eight assists, however the Kings fell to match their season-worst shedding skid of 9 video games. Buddy Hield added 24 factors and Delon Wright had 16.

Harrison Barnes scored 14 factors, Tyrese Haliburton added 12 and Hassan Whiteside contributed 11 factors and 10 rebounds for Sacramento, which made 55.1 p.c of its pictures and was 14 of 30 from behind the arc.

The Kings additionally misplaced 9 straight video games in February.

The Suns shot 55.8 p.c from the sphere and knocked down 14 of 38 from 3-point vary.

Torrey Craig made a 3-pointer with 6:45 left to cap an 11-1 run as Phoenix turned a two-point deficit right into a 108-100 lead.

Fox scored back-to-back baskets to tug Sacramento inside 4 earlier than Ayton took over and scored 10 of the Suns’ subsequent 12 factors to provide Phoenix a 120-111 with 1:37 remaining.

Jae Crowder’s comply with gave the Suns a 122-112 benefit with 58.6 seconds left, and Phoenix closed it out to enhance to 4-0 on a five-game homestand.

The Suns shot 62.5 p.c from the sphere within the first half however led simply 67-65 on the break. The Kings shot 57.1 p.c.

Phoenix obtained 11 second-quarter factors from Carter, together with a 3-pointer that accounted for a 45-33 lead with 9:30 left within the half. Sacramento responded with a 15-5 push to get again into the sport and later knotted the rating at 65 on Wright’s 3-pointer with 1:20 left.

Booker’s jumper gave Phoenix an 86-79 benefit with 5:53 left within the third quarter. Sacramento recovered to knot the rating at 90 on Chimezie Metu’s basket earlier than the Suns took a 95-94 lead into the ultimate stanza.

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