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February 13, 2011
In-game blog (Kings at Suns)

FINAL
Kings 113, Suns 108

PHOENIX - The Kings ended their five-game losing streak thanks to an effort that included key plays from just about anyone who played.

*Samuel Dalembert scored 18 points and grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds. Carl Landry had 20 points and 10 rebounds off the bench. Donte Greene had 19 points off the bench. Tyreke Evans led the Kings with 21 points and seven assists. Beno Udrih also had seven assists.

*The Kings opened the fourth quarter on a 15-2 run to take a 93-83 lead with 6:03 to play. The Kings stayed in control with some of the best execution they've had in the fourth quarter this season.

*The Kings overcame 22 points and 18 assists from Steve Nash and 20 points and 12 rebounds from backup center Marcin Gortat.

*The Suns had won 10 in a row over the Kings in Phoenix. Sacrameont's last win here came Nov. 6, 2005. The Kings became the first Pacific Division team other than the Lakers to beat the Suns in Phoenix since the start of the 2007-08 season.

*The Kings have won three consecutive road games. They haven't done that since the 2007-08 season.

*More to come on the Kings postgame scuffle Saturday night.


THIRD QUARTER
Suns 81, Kings 78

PHOENIX - The Kings had their best defensive quarter of the game, holding Phoenix to 24 points. Carl Landry led the way, scoring 12 of his 14 points in the third. Landry missed all six of his shots in the first half but made five of seven in the third.

*The Kings used a 14-4 run to take a 68-67 lead with 4:30 left in the quarter.

*Steve Nash is rolling with 11 points and 15 assists for the Suns. Marcin Gortat has 16 points and seven rebounds off the bench for the Suns.

*Tyreke Evans leads the Kings with 21 points. Samuel Dalembert and Carl Landry are tied for the game-high with nine rebounds. Dalembert played the third without picking up a fourth foul.

HALFTIME
Suns 57, Kings 50

PHOENIX - Because of foul trouble the Kings didn't have a size advantage to exploit.

Samuel Dalembert played 6:56 of the first quarter before picking up his third fould. Jason Thompson picked up three before halftime, too. That left Darnell Jackson to play center the last half of the second quarter. Jackson had five points and a rebound.

*The Kings are outrebounding the Suns, 27-17, with 11 offensive rebounds. But they're shooting just 40.8 percent and have only nine second-chance points. The Suns are shooting 51.2 percent.

*Without DeMarcus Cousins here and the Kings' bigs in foul trouble the best center has been Marcin Gortat. He had 12 points off the bench for Phoenix. Steve Nash has seven points and nine assists for the Suns.

*Tyreke Evans leads the Kings with 16 points. Thompson has eight points and six rebounds.

FIRST QUARTER
Suns 32, Kings 30

*The Kings led by 10, 17-7, only to fall behind 32-23 before closing the quarter on a 7-0 run.

*Tyreke Evans is off to a fast start with a game-high 12 points. Jason Thompson is also going well with eight points.

*Steve Nash is being Steve Nash with seven points and five assists.

*Not having DeMarcus Cousins is already a problem. Samuel Dalembert picked up three fouls in the first quarter. Logic would dictate that he's done for the first half. Jason Thompson moved to center without Dalembert. Carl Landry and Darnell Jackson are the only bigs on the bench so Donte Greene might be used as a power forward. Against smaller Suns lineups that won't be too much of a problem in terms of a matchup. Dalembert had six rebounds in the quarter.

--Jason Jones



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