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Kings 97, Suns 118: Sacramento comes up with another stinker

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Kings fans that had hoped that the team would follow up a bad loss and dispirited effort against the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday with a good game against the Phoenix Suns were out of luck tonight.  If anything, tonight's game against the Suns was even worse, with Sacramento losing 118 to 97 and falling to 1-4 on the season.

The Kings got off to an awful start and didn't really respond until the third quarter when they came back to tie the game at 55 in large part to some good shooting from James Anderson, who hit three of his four three pointers during that span.  The Suns called a timeout and regrouped however and immediately went on an 11-0 run that basically put the game away, as Sacramento never really threatened again.  Eric Bledsoe led five Suns in double figures with 19 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds.

The Kings found plenty of offense as the game wore on, eventually finishing the game shooting 47.6% from the field and 45.8% from three, but they couldn't figure out how to stop the Suns from scoring.  Phoenix shot an even better 54.2% from the field and 60.9% from three and also managed to outrebound the Kings 41 to 34.

This was the second game in a row the Kings played without their star in DeMarcus Cousins but this team still should have played far better than it did.  They now face the real possibility of starting the season off 1-7, with the next three opponents on the slate being the Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs.

For the opponent's perspective, visit Bright Side Of The Sun. Omer will have a more detailed recap in the morning.  For now, feel free to vent, because this was a very frustrating loss.