Game Recap #8: Kings vs. Suns
- Tyreke Evans
- Beno Udrih
- Omri Casspi
- Carl Landry
- Samuel Dalembert
Reserves: DeMarcus Cousins, Jason Thompson, Darnell Jackson, Francisco Garcia, Luther Head, Donté Greene, Antoine Wright.
Inactives: Pooh Jeter, Hassan Whiteside.
- Steve Nash
- Jason Richardson
- Grant Hill
- Hedo Turkoglu
- Robin Lopez
Reserves: Hakim Warrick, Goran Dragic, Jared Dudley, Josh Childress, Channing Frye, Garret Siler, Earl Clark.
First Quarter Recap
Samuel Dalembert came out strong, taking Robin Lopez off the dribble for a lay-up to start the game. Jason Richardson, the resident Kings killer, missed four of his first seven shots, including two wide open three pointers. Nash and Udrih went toe to toe for a stint but Nash showed why he is a hall of famer, going for ten points, five rebounds and six assists in the first. The Suns have a remarkable three rebound advantage to go with a six point lead at the end of the first.
Kings 24 Suns 30
Kings: Udrih (6) Points; Landry (3) Rebounds; Evans/Dalembert (2) Assists.
Suns: Nash (10) Points; Nash (5) Rebounds; Nash (6) Assists.
FG%: Kings 47.8% Suns 56.0%
Rebounds: Kings 10 Suns 13
Assists/TO: Kings 4/2 Suns 6/1
Second Quarter Recap
The Suns bench put the metal down in the fourth, pushing the lead to nine at the six minute mark. DeMarcus Cousins had a nice spin move and dunk on the baseline to get the first “throw it down big man!” by the Kings new broadcast addition Bill Walton. The Kings continued to play the same isolation basketball that has hurt them over the last three games. They did a better job controlling the glass in the second, taking a four rebound advantage but they need to get the ball down low to their post scorers. The Kings shot 2-11 from three point range, clearly the Suns are gave up the perimeter in order to stop the Kings penetration and post offense. Steve Nash continued his spectacular night finishing the half with 17 points, six rebounds and six assists to lead the Suns nine point advantage after two quarters.
Kings 43 Suns 52
Kings: Evans (10) Points; Casspi/Dalembert (5) Rebounds; Evans (3) Assists.
Suns: Nash (17) Points; Nash (6) Rebounds; Nash (6) Assists.
FG%: Kings 38% Suns 57.9%
Rebounds: Kings 26 Suns 22
Assists/TO: Kings 8/5 Suns 9/6
Third Quarter Recap
The third quarter was a wild ride. The Suns pushed the lead to 14 early, the Kings cut it to four at one point but pushed the lead back to nine to finish the third. The Kings went to DeMarcus Cousins early and he played well with the starters. During the third, Udrih scoring on a myriad of pull up jumpers while Casspi hit two big three’s to keep it close. The Kings played the Suns straight up in the quarter but that is not what they needed when they started with a nine point deficit.
Kings 68 Suns 77
Kings: Udrih (15) Points; Dalembert/Cousins (8) Rebounds; Evans (7) Assists.
Suns: Nash (23) Points; Richardson (7) Rebounds; Nash (9) Assists.
FG%: Kings 41.5% Suns 54.2%
Rebounds: Kings 39 Suns 32
Assists/TO: Kings 14/9 Suns 14/9
Fourth Quarter Recap
The Kings made it close a couple of times, cutting the lead down to three a couple of times but the Suns just kept scoring. Steve Nash was unbelievable from start to finish. Carl Landry did his best to keep the Kings close late, going for 20 points and 11 rebounds but it wasn’t enough. The Suns pulled away late with Hakim Warrick putting on a nice dunking exhibition. Suns win by 14, pushing the Kings losing streak to four.
Kings 89 Suns 103
Kings: Landry (20) Points; Landry (11) Rebounds; Evans (9) Assists.
Suns: Nash (28) Points; Richardson (8) Rebounds; Nash (14) Assists.
FG%: Kings 40.9% Suns 51.9%
Rebounds: Kings 50 Suns 42
Assists/TO: Kings 18/11 Suns 19/11
Stats that Stick Out
- Antoine Wright played 10 minutes, going 0-3 from the field with a turnover.
- Jason Thompson received his first DNP-CD of his career. Coach Westphal discusses this below but it is still a tough pill to swallow for the third year forward/center.
- Donté Greene received a DNP_CD as well, his third in seven games this season.
- Carl Landry scored 20 points and had 11 rebounds including 7 offensive boards. I’m not going to guess how many of those offensive rebounds came on his own misses.
- The Kings hit 12-19 free throws for a whopping 63.2%.
Coaches Notes and Quotes
- Coach Westphal on the effort tonight against the Suns: “I have to say, I can’t really find a whole lot of fault with our team, or effort. We’ve been having turnover problems the last couple game, we kept our turnovers to a minimum. We got good shots. We got good shots for good shooters. We hit the offensive boards. We got second shots. We missed too much but that is not an effort thing, that’s basketball. On the other end, we were the victim of a hall of fame player having a hall of fame night. Steve Nash was unspeakably sensational with his decision making and his execution. We tried double teaming him, we tried making him score and taking away his other options, we tried zoning. Everything we tried he had the answer and if I wasn’t sitting on the visitors bench, I would have applauded him, because it was an unbelievable performance by Nash. I was proud of my team, we just weren’t good enough tonight.”
- On whether the team make progress tonight: “It was progress, I’m never happy to lose but I’m happy with the way we competed, the way we executed, the way we played together. We need to make more shots and that’s NBA basketball. If our guys give that kind of effort, we’re going to win a lot of games.”
- On Jason Thompson not playing tonight: “I’m a big fan of JT. Right now, we have Sam and DeMarcus ahead of him at the five spot. Carl and Jackson ahead of him at the four spot and all of those guys played a reasonable amount minutes and didn’t have bad foul trouble so he didn’t get in at either of those spots. It’s pretty tough to expect him to play the three against the Suns, the way they’re constituted, so there were no minutes for him. It’s hard to not put him in the game, knowing what kind of player he is but there are only so many minutes to go around right now.”
Player of the Game: Steve Nash was amazing. 28 points, 14 assists and 7 rebounds. Enough said.
The Difference Maker: Hakim Warrick played really well in his 23 minutes, scoring 18 points on 6-8 shooting and 6-7 from the line. He was all over the offensive end in the fourth quarter, helping Steve Nash to end any run the Kings had in them.[ad#ForPosts]