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Suns Hold Onto Lead Vs. Kings During First Half

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The Phoenix Suns are back at home on Tuesday to begin their brief three-game homestay. Phoenix has two of those games prior to a much-needed break during All-Star weekend.

Up first for the Suns are the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday. The Kings aren’t a walkover squad as they’ve been in yesteryears. Sacramento is currently the third seed in the ever-changing West.

Phoenix was able to take a lead going into halftime, leading 62-58 over Sacramento.

Devin Booker Back on a Mission

The Suns surely have missed Booker during his absence with a groin injury. While the Suns await the arrival of Kevin Durant, having Booker’s scoring presence is a plus.

Booker was able to put together a 14-point performance in the first half. He shot 6-of-9 from the field while also grabbing two rebounds and two assists.

Deandre Ayton Being Effective

Ayton’s role will surely shift a bit with the impact of having Durant on the floor. With that, it’s important for Ayton to continue having nights such as Tuesday.

Ayton was able to nearly notch a double-double in the first half alone. The seven-footer put up 15 points to go along with eight rebounds in the first half.

Ayton also shot 7-of-10 from the field, which has been a highlight of his game lately.

Three-Point Struggles

The Suns have seemingly gotten better from beyond the arc in recent times. That hasn’t transpired into Tuesday, with the Suns shooting 27 percent from three-point range in the first half.

Going into halftime, Josh Okogie and T.J. Warren were the only two players two cash in a shot from downtown.

If Phoenix wants to have any chance at besting the Kings, they’ll have to get more from other offensive threats. Booker failed to attempt a three-pointer during the first half.

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