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Phoenix Suns fall to Sacramento Kings 114-106

Dec 8, 2023; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) protects the ball from Sacramento Kings forward Trey Lyles (41) during the first half at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
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The Phoenix Suns started their five-game homestand with a 114-106 loss to the Sacramento Kings.

At one point, the Suns led by as much as 11 in the 3rd quarter; however, from there, things pretty much went directly south.

By the end of the third quarter, the Suns found themselves trailing by 12 due to a poor shooting performance.

While Phoenix did attempt to mount a comeback with a string of three-pointers, the Kings continued to answer any punch thrown by the Suns.

De’Aaron Fox, who struggled for the majority of the night, scored 23 in the fourth quarter. Fox ended the night with a total of 34 points; he was the only Kings player with over 20.

There were also some crucial foul calls in the fourth quarter that prevented Phoenix from mounting a comeback.

Jusuf Nurkic was called for a technical twice, one of which came on a three-point attempt from Fox, plus Booker was also called for a technical with less than 5 minutes remaining.

Leading the scoring charge for Phoenix was Devin Booker. However, as the Kings continued their double team on D-Book all game long, his attempts were extremely limited.

Booker made 10 of 14 shots for 28 points. He also had 7 rebounds and 7 assists.

Behind Booker was Eric Gordan with 19 and Jusuf Nurkic with 15.

Offensive rebounds also played a large role in the Suns loss. The Kings had 15 offensive rebounds, compared to just 8 from Phoenix. These mainly became an issue in the 4th quarter.

With this loss, the Suns are now 12-10 overall this season. Next up is a matchup against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday.

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