Nov 19, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) reaches for the ball against Phoenix Suns shooting guard Gerald Green (14) during the fourth quarter at Sleep Train Arena. The Sacramento Kings defeated the Phoenix Suns 107-104. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Suns Add Another Heartbreaker to the Books, Lose 107-104 to Kings


Nov 19, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) blocks the shot by Phoenix Suns power forward Channing Frye (8) during the fourth quarter at Sleep Train Arena. The Sacramento Kings defeated the Phoenix Suns 107-104. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Ouch.

No other word really describes the last three games for the Phoenix Suns. All were games they had good position to get a win in until the final seconds, where they faltered. In this game, they fell 107-104 to the Sacramento Kings. The Suns  had a seven point lead with 3:30 left in the game, but were shut out from that point forward.

The chance at a game winning shot was lost once again.

The Suns did play well until final seconds. They were down by eight after the 1st quarter, but fought back to score 37 in the second, their highest point total in a quarter all season. They held steady until late in the game, when the Kings swooped in and took over.

This loss was especially painful because the outstanding efforts of several Suns players were overshadowed by the last-second defeat. Eric Bledsoe sat out with a bruised shin, replaced by Gerald Green, who led the Suns with 23 points. Green has been starting for Bledsoe or Dragic for the past few games, and he has certainly made the most of it. Channing Frye added 17 points and nine rebounds.

The Suns caught a glimpse of the potential embedded in one of their rookies. Archie Goodwin came off the bench in the second quarter and went off. He put up 12 points in that quarter, and finished with 16.

Markieff Morris, who was on a sort of hot streak, spent the game in foul trouble and sat for a good amount of time. Maybe he and his brother switched jerseys at some point, or maybe they used some kind of twin telepathy so Markieff could give that hot streak to his brother. Or maybe Marcus Morris just had a great night. Whatever the explanation, Marcus put up 19 points, including going 5-5 from the free throw line.

The Suns fall to 5-5 and their skid moves to three games. The Kings improve to 3-7. No doubt the Suns will be looking to exact revenge at home when the Kings come to Phoenix on Wednesday night.

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