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Randolph, Hill lead Kings to 99-92 win over slumping Suns

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) From the moment he signed with the Kings last offseason, Zach Randolph fully embraced his role as a veteran mentor in the locker room for a mostly young team.

Sacramento's 36-year-old power forward is still getting it done on the court, too. And in crunch time, no less.

Randolph scored 11 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter to spark a big run, and the Kings rallied past the slumping Phoenix Suns 99-92 on Tuesday night.

''Just trying to get good shots,'' Randolph said. ''I missed a couple easy shots. Didn't really get (anything) going until the end. Just tried to get something going in the paint.''

Randolph missed seven of his first 10 shots but was perfect on four attempts in the fourth quarter, all of them coming after the Kings fell behind 85-80 with six minutes remaining. Sacramento scored the next 13 points to take control.

The Kings' big man, who had seven rebounds and five assists, made a three-point play with 44.9 seconds remaining to secure the win after getting fouled by Tyson Chandler.

''That's what you pay big stud muffins like that for, to go deliver the mail,'' Sacramento coach Dave Joerger said. ''We didn't play great but we played hard and gave ourselves a chance coming down the stretch.''

George Hill had 18 points and seven rebounds in his return to the starting lineup. Buddy Hield scored 14 points and Willie Cauley-Stein added 13 points and six rebounds to help the Kings win for the second time in five games.

''(Hill is) a big part of this,'' Randolph said. ''Without him on top of his game, it's going to be hard for us. We need G to play like that every game.''

The late scoring flurry was a departure from the rest of the game, when both teams struggled to score with much consistency.

Phoenix built an early 10-point lead in the first half but went scoreless for more than five minutes in the fourth quarter and lost its fourth straight.

The Suns, who have dropped nine of 11, fell to 0-3 since losing leading scorer Devin Booker to a left adductor strain.

''They made shots down the stretch,'' Phoenix coach Jay Triano said. ''We missed a couple of good shots and they made theirs. That's the difference in the game.''

TJ Warren scored 18 points for Phoenix. Mike James added 17 points and five assists.

The teams combined for 15 lead changes before Sacramento pulled away behind Randolph.

Warren scored two quick buckets early in the fourth quarter and Dragan Bender made a 3-pointer to put the Suns up 85-80.

Randolph hit back-to-back baskets then fed Hill for a reverse layup. After a 3 by Hield, Randolph made two free throws and then scored down low to put the Kings up 93-85.

Tyler Ulis and James scored to cut the gap to 93-89 before Randolph's three-point play.

OFF TARGET

The Suns missed 15 of their 17 attempts from 3-point range in the second half and finished 7 of 32 from beyond the arc. ''We just have to be better at shooting the 3-ball,'' Triano said. ''The game is trending that way and we've got to be able to make more than 2 for 17.''

DEFENSIVE STAND

Joerger praised his team's defense after the King held the Suns to 0-for-12 shooting during their scoring drought in the fourth quarter. ''We were a little bit more aggressive,'' Joerger said. ''When our defense was set, we were much more effective over the course of the game.''

TIP-INS

Suns: James, Troy Daniels, Josh Jackson and Bender made consecutive 3s without a miss as part of a 12-2 run in the second quarter.

Kings: Sacramento committed nine turnovers. ... Hill returned to the starting lineup after sitting out one game for personal reasons. ... Cauley-Stein had missed three games with a lower back strain.

UP NEXT

Suns: Host the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday in the second half of a back-to-back.

Kings: At the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday.

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Key Players
T. Warren
12 SF
Z. Randolph
50 PF
25.9 Min. Per Game 25.9
15.2 Pts. Per Game 15.2
2.2 Ast. Per Game 2.2
7.0 Reb. Per Game 7.0
48.5 Field Goal % 51.1
48.6 Three Point % 50.8
76.1 Free Throw % 77.1
+ 3 Troy Daniels made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Josh Jackson 0:16
  Offensive rebound by Tyson Chandler 0:17
  T.J. Warren missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:19
+ 1 Bogdan Bogdanovic made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:25
+ 1 Bogdan Bogdanovic made 1st of 2 free throws 0:25
  Personal foul on T.J. Warren 0:25
  Defensive rebound by George Hill 0:29
  Tyler Ulis missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:32
+ 1 George Hill made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:36
  Team rebound 0:36
  George Hill missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:36
Team Stats
Points 92 99
Field Goals 37-90 (41.1%) 38-89 (42.7%)
3-Pointers 7-32 (21.9%) 7-22 (31.8%)
Free Throws 11-14 (78.6%) 16-22 (72.7%)
Total Rebounds 52 61
Offensive 13 11
Defensive 32 34
Team 7 16
Assists 22 21
Steals 5 9
Blocks 4 3
Turnovers 12 9
Fouls 18 18
Technicals 0 0
17 PTS, 1 REB, 5 AST
17 PTS, 7 REB, 5 AST
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away team logo Suns 9-20 2328231892
home team logo Kings 9-18 2128252599
Team Stats
away team logo Suns 9-20 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Kings 9-18 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
T. Warren SF 19.6 PPG 5.1 RPG 1.3 APG 49.8 FG%
G. Hill PG PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
T. Warren SF 18 PTS 5 REB 2 AST
G. Hill PG 18 PTS 7 REB 3 AST
41.1 FG% 42.7
21.9 3PT FG% 31.8
78.6 FT% 72.7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Warren 38 18 5 2 1 0 3 2 9/24 0/4 0/0 3 2 25 -7
T. Ulis 31 10 3 3 1 0 1 2 3/8 0/2 4/4 0 3 19 -12
M. Chriss 22 7 6 2 1 1 0 1 3/8 0/3 1/2 1 5 19 -2
J. Jackson 30 7 5 2 1 0 4 3 3/14 1/4 0/0 4 1 13 -16
T. Chandler 29 7 10 0 1 2 1 3 2/3 0/0 3/4 2 8 19 -12
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Warren 38 18 5 2 1 0 3 2 9/24 0/4 0/0 3 2 25 -7
T. Ulis 31 10 3 3 1 0 1 2 3/8 0/2 4/4 0 3 19 -12
M. Chriss 22 7 6 2 1 1 0 1 3/8 0/3 1/2 1 5 19 -2
J. Jackson 30 7 5 2 1 0 4 3 3/14 1/4 0/0 4 1 13 -16
T. Chandler 29 7 10 0 1 2 1 3 2/3 0/0 3/4 2 8 19 -12
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. James 19 17 1 5 0 0 1 2 7/12 1/3 2/3 0 1 27 -1
A. Len 18 9 8 3 0 1 1 3 4/4 0/0 1/1 1 7 23 +5
T. Daniels 27 9 0 4 0 0 0 1 3/10 3/10 0/0 0 0 17 +9
D. Bender 20 8 7 1 0 0 1 1 3/7 2/6 0/0 2 5 16 +1
J. Dudley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Monroe - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Knight - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Reed - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Peters - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Booker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. House - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 92 45 22 5 4 12 18 37/90 7/32 11/14 13 32 178 -35
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Hill 28 18 7 3 3 0 3 0 6/9 2/3 4/6 0 7 31 +12
Z. Randolph 27 17 7 5 1 0 1 3 7/14 0/2 3/3 3 4 34 +8
D. Fox 21 7 2 0 1 0 0 1 3/5 1/1 0/0 0 2 10 -2
S. Labissiere 13 6 4 1 1 0 2 1 3/8 0/0 0/0 1 3 11 -2
G. Temple 15 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0/5 0/2 0/0 0 0 2 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Hill 28 18 7 3 3 0 3 0 6/9 2/3 4/6 0 7 31 +12
Z. Randolph 27 17 7 5 1 0 1 3 7/14 0/2 3/3 3 4 34 +8
D. Fox 21 7 2 0 1 0 0 1 3/5 1/1 0/0 0 2 10 -2
S. Labissiere 13 6 4 1 1 0 2 1 3/8 0/0 0/0 1 3 11 -2
G. Temple 15 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0/5 0/2 0/0 0 0 2 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Hield 25 14 2 0 0 0 0 1 6/14 2/5 0/0 0 2 16 +5
W. Cauley-Stein 29 13 6 2 0 0 0 4 5/12 0/0 3/7 2 4 23 -1
B. Bogdanovic 32 10 5 4 1 0 1 3 3/9 2/7 2/2 1 4 23 +7
K. Koufos 20 8 8 2 1 0 1 3 3/5 0/0 2/2 3 5 20 -1
F. Mason III 26 6 4 4 1 1 1 0 2/8 0/2 2/2 1 3 19 +9
V. Carter - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Cooley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Sampson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Richardson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Papagiannis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Giles - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 99 45 21 9 3 9 18 38/89 7/22 16/22 11 34 189 +35