Pre-Season Opener Recap: Kings vs. Suns.

Ball on.Starters:

  • Tyreke Evans- 26 points (9-17 shooting), 3 rebounds, 5 assists
  • Beno Udrih- 10 points (4-8 shooting), 3 rebounds, 3 assists
  • Marcus Landry- 11 points (3-5 shooting), 2 rebounds, 1 assists
  • Carl Landry- 8 points (3-7 shooting), 3 rebounds, 4 assists
  • DeMarcus Cousins- 16 points (8-13 shooting), 16 rebounds, o assists

Bench:

  • Jason Thompson- 17 points (8-13 shooting), 10 rebounds, 4 assists
  • Pooh Jeter- 6 points (3-6 shooting), 1 rebound, 2 assists
  • Omri Casspi- 11 points (5-10 shooting), 7 rebounds, 4 assists
  • Antoine Wright- 0 points (0-3 shooting), 1 rebound, 1 assist
  • Connor Atchley- DNP-CD
  • Joe Crawford- DNP-CD
  • Donté Greene- 4 points (2-3 shooting), 1 rebound, 0 assists
  • Luther Head- 0 points (0-2 shooting), 0 rebounds, 0 assists

Phoenix Starters:

  • Steve Nash- 2 points (1-1 shooting), 0 rebounds, 2 assists
  • Jason Richardson- 17 points (6-11 shooting), 5 rebounds, 1 assist
  • Grant Hill- 2 points (1-1 shooting), 2 rebounds, 0 assists
  • Hedo Turkoglu- 2 points (0-5 shooting), 1 rebound, 3 assists
  • Robin Lopez- 15 points (6-10 shooting), 6 rebounds, 0 assists

Suns bench:

  • Josh Childress- 6 points (2-4 shooting), 5 rebounds, 3 assists
  • Goran Dragic- 10 points (5-12 shooting), 2 rebounds, 1 assist
  • Dwayne Jones- 4 points (1-4 shooting), 5 rebounds, 1 assist
  • Jared Dudley- 13 points (5-8 shooting), 5 rebounds, 2 assists
  • Hakkim Warrick- 11 points (4-5 shooting), 1 rebound, 1 assist
  • Chucky Atkins- 3 points (1-2 shooting), 0 rebounds, 4 assists
  • Earl Clark- 2 points (1-3 shooting), 3 rebounds, 0 assists
  • Matt Janning- 8 points (3-8shooting), 1 rebound, 1 assist
  • Zabian Dowdell- DNP-CD
  • Channing Frye- DNP-CD
  • Gani Lawal- DNP-CD
  • Garrett Siler-DNP-CD

1st Quarter Breakdown:

Marcus Landry came out and hit his first corner three of the game, which is exactly why he was out there starting. DeMarcus Cousins didn’t disappoint, putting up 8 points and 4 rebounds in 8 minutes. Thompson also impressed with 5 points, 2 rebounds and a block off the bench.

Defensively, the Kings looked horrible, allowing 31 points on 66.7% shooting. Jason Richardson had a nice 7 points and 3 rebounds and the Kings struggled to slow down Phoenix big man Robin Lopez.

Suns 31 Kings 26

2nd Quarter Breakdown:

Jason Thompson continued his hot start, putting up 8 points and 2 rebounds to go with 3 assists, finishing the half with 13-4-3. Pooh Jeter showed his ability to score in bunches, going for 6 points on 3-3 shooting between the end of the first and the second.

The Kings slowed the Suns only slightly on the defensive end, reducing that gaudy 66.7% down to 58.3% overall. The team also forced 11 turnovers, 4 off of steals. Richardson continued his hot start, finishing the half with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Lopez chipped in another 11 points and 5 rebounds as the classic “marginal player who torches the Kings player.”

Suns 58 Kings 51

3rd Quarter Breakdown:

Kings come out on fire! With 4:46 left, the Kings have turned the tables on the Suns. The lead is gone and the Kings now lead 74-70 after Marcus Landry hit his second three of the quarter and third of the game. After scoring 23 in the first 7:14, the Kings only muster 6 points to finish at 80. The young bigs are dominating the post with both huge scoring and rebounding numbers. 15 for Thompson, 14 for Cousins (6 points and 6 rebounds in the 3rd), but Evans is now sneaking up with 14 (10 in the 3rd).

Defensively, the Kings have shaved another 5% off the Suns’ field goal number and forced 6 more turnovers. Phoenix has gone heavy to the bench and it is showing.

Kings 80 Suns 80

4th Quarter Breakdown:

Evans is taking over the game, which may or may not be a good thing. He is scoring (26 with 2:30 minutes left), but his decision making has been less than desirable. Beno Udrih has quietly put up 10 for the game, but he seems to have a knack for knowing when the team needs a basket. The Kings put this one away early in the fourth, but honestly, the Suns didn’t even try to put up a fight.

Kings 109 Suns 95

The defense improved throughout the game. The Suns shot a ridiculous 66.7 % in the first quarter but finished the game shooting only 48.5%. The Kings won the turnover battle 15 to 23, the rebounding battle 47 to 36 and the steal battle 11 to 6. The Kings also held the Suns to 2 of 16 from three for a stellar 12.5%. There is a lot to like about the way the team played. Thursday night, the team will be tested again against the Clippers. DeMarcus Cousins versus Blake Griffin- a rookie of the year showdown?

Post game comments coming soon.

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James Ham is co-owner and senior editor of Cowbell Kingdom, providing extensive Kings coverage through news analysis, in-depth interviews with players and staff and daily coverage of breaking news. Along with providing original content for the site, including the Cowbell Kingdom Podcast and his weekly Sunday Musings column, James also is one of the producers behind the award-winning, independent documentary film "Small Market, Big Heart".