After two relatively easy preseason victories by an average of 31 points, the Sacramento Kings finally found themselves in a dog fight, but were able to scratch and claw their way to a 105-104 victory over the Phoenix Suns Wednesday night at Footprint Arena.
The Suns decided to rest all of their starters and the shakeup totally shook-up the Kings. Third-string point guard Duane Washington Jr. carved up the Sacramento defense for a career-high 31 points, four assists, and three steals. Okay, he did have 11 turnovers though.
De’Aaron Fox led five Kings in double-figures with 15 points, but the offense was just not clicking most of the night for the squad. The high-energy and lack of discipline from the Phoenix reserves just made the game sloppy all around.
As with the earlier two games, Sacramento continued to commit a high number of fouls when trying to be aggressive on the defensive side. After the dust had settled, the Kings had committed 29 fouls leading to 35 free-throws by the Suns. They hit 31 of them.
And that’s your game. Kind of hard to watch, but we need to remember that there will be ugly games amongst the 82. The difference tonight was that Sacramento was still able to pull off the victory despite all the flaws.
Rookie Keegan Murray and center Richaun Holmes both stayed in Sacramento due to illnesses, and starter KZ Okpala was held out for rest in order to give others a chance to grab minutes during the game. All three are expected to play in the season finale against the Los Angeles Lakers Friday night at the Golden 1 Center.