The Sacramento Kings picked up their first road win of the season Wednesday night, running past the Phoenix Suns 113-106 to complete a home-and-home sweep at US Airways Center.
The Kings had beaten Phoenix 107-104 at Sleep Train Arena on Tuesday night.
Isaiah Thomas scored 23 points for Sacramento (4-7), which led by as many as 20 points in the fourth quarter before the Suns (5-6) stormed back behind 18 fourth-period points from Goran Dragic.
Jimmer Fredette’s layup with 7:54 remaining put the Kings up 88-68, but as NBA teams do, the Suns made a run. P.J. Tucker hit one of his three fourth-quarter 3-pointers with 3:36 to go to get Phoenix to within single digits at 93-85, but the Suns were never able to get closer than seven points.
It was a strange second half for the Kings, who had their best defensive quarter since January 2013 when they held the Suns to 12 points in the third period, their lowest total allowed since they held Toronto to 10 points on Jan. 4.
Then in the fourth quarter, Phoenix scorched the Kings for 44 points, the most Sacramento has allowed in a single period since the Jazz hung up 44 in the third quarter of a 120-94 win in November 2008.
The 44 points are the most the Kings have allowed a single quarter of a victory since April 13, 1987, when San Antonio scored 44 in the fourth quarter of a 123-118 win for Sacramento.
It was the Suns’ fourth straight loss after a 5-2 start.
DeMarcus Cousins finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Kings, while Greivis Vasquez had 13 points and six assists, Luc Mbah a Moute added 11 points and two blocked shots and Jason Thompson finished with 10 points.
Turnovers told at least some of the tale in the game, as Sacramento piled up 20 points off 17 Phoenix miscues, while the Suns scored just six off the Kings’ 10 giveaways.
Dragic scored 31 points and had five assists for the Suns and Gerald Green had 23, including hitting 6-of-8 from 3-point range before fouling out. Marcus Morris added 13 points off the bench for Phoenix, P.J. Tucker scored 12—all in the fourth quarter—and Miles Plumlee had 12 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots.
The Kings play again Saturday night in the first of a back-to-back at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Tipoff against the Clippers Saturday is 12:30 p.m.