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March 8, 2013
In-game blog: Kings vs. Suns

FINAL
Kings 121, Suns 112

Four Kings scored at least 20 ponts as the Kings (22-42) defeated the Phoenix Suns (21-41) Friday night at Sleep Train Arena.

Isaiah Thomas led the Kings with 27 points and six assists. DeMarcus Cousins finished with 22 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists. Tyreke Evans scored 25 points to go with five assists. Marcus Thornton added 23 points.

Goran Dragic had 17 points and 16 assists for Phoenix. Michael Beasley came off the bench for a team-high 24 points.

The Kings shot 54.9 percent and had 30 assists on 45 made field goals.

THIRD QUARTER
Kings 89, Suns 82

Isaiah Thomas scored 11of his game-high 24 points in the third quarter as the Kings maintained their lead heading into the fourth quarter.

DeMarcus Cousins picked up his fourth foul and had to sit out a good portion of the quarter, but Thomas picked up the slack along with Tyreke Evans and Marcus Thornton.

Evans has 16 points and Thornton is up to 13 points.

Goran Dragic has 14 points and 10 assists for the Suns. The Kings routinely shoot in the 45 percent-range, but are shooting 54.8 percent through three quarters.

The Kings also lead even though they had seven turnovers in the third quarter.

HALFTIME
Kings 59, Suns 57

DeMarcus Cousins has 18 points, seven rebounds, three assists and no turnovers as he is dominating the small frontline of the Suns.

Cousins has missed only one of his seven shots and made all four of his free throws.

Isaiah Thomas has 13 points and four assists while Tyreke Evans has 10 points.

The Suns led by eight in the second quarter before Cousins and Thomas kept things rolling and the Kings regained the lead. The Kings are shooting 54.5 percent.

Luis Scola, Wesley Johnson and Goran Dragic each have 10 points for Phoenix. Dragic also has eight assists.

FIRST QUARTER
Kings 32, Suns 30

Establishing DeMarcus Cousins early was a point of emphasis and he responded with 10 points and made all three of his field goals to start the game.

Cousins had made just three of his previous 22 shots in the last two games.

Cousins also had five rebounds. He should have an advantage most of the night with Marcin Gortat out with a foot injury.

Tyreke Evans added eight points for the Kings.

Wesley Johnson led the Suns with eight points. Goran Dragic already has six assists for the Suns. The Kings have seven.



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