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Phoenix Suns pull away from Sacramento Kings late, win 111-101

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Devin Booker scores 9 of last 10 points for Suns

NBA: Phoenix Suns at Sacramento Kings Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports

Even when Devin Booker is having an off game, he’s still dangerous. Case in point: Booker scored nine of his team’s final 10 points as the Phoenix Suns closed out the Sacramento Kings down the stretch, winning 111-101 and moving to 14-23 on the season.

The Suns looked like they wanted to put away the Kings early, using a 14-2 run to close the 1st quarter to take a 35-25 lead. The lead grew to 14 in the 1st half, but Phoenix just couldn’t polish off Sacramento as the Kings slowly walked the Suns down. The 3rd quarter consisted of a series of mini runs by both teams that resulted in the Kings shaving four points off Phoenix’s lead, and a 3-pointer by Frank Mason III with 8:47 left in the 4th quarter gave the Kings their first lead since the 1st quarter at 94-93.

However, the Kings would make only one field goal for the rest of the game, allowing Phoenix to close the game on an 18-7 run.

Booker finished with 26 points but shot 9 of 25 from the field. T.J. Warren also had a big game, scoring 26 himself to go along with 10 rebounds. The Suns are 8-0 when Warren scores 25 or more points. Marquese Chriss has 14 points on a very efficient 5-of-6 shooting, Tyson Chandler led all players with 11 boards, and Isaiah Canaan had nine points and a team-high six assists off the bench.

Sacramento had seven players score in double figures, but no one had more than 14 points (Zach Randolph). Skal Labissiere had 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting but only played 15:48 in the game.