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Booker overcomes tough night to rally Suns past Kings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Phoenix coach Jay Triano's decision to move Devin Booker to point guard late in the fourth quarter worked out perfectly for the struggling Suns.

A big night from T.J. Warren helped too, especially when Booker's own shot was off most of the game.

Booker scored 13 of his 26 points over the final five minutes, Warren added a double-double and Phoenix came back to beat the Sacramento Kings 111-101 on Friday night.

Booker missed nine games with a left adductor strain before returning to score 32 against Memphis on Tuesday. He wasn't as crisp against the Kings, shooting 9 of 25 from the field, but helped rally the Suns with his late scoring flurry that keyed a 17-4 run.

''Both of us are just natural scorers but in different ways,'' Booker said of he and Warren. ''Teams usually have one really good defender and sometimes they put it on me, sometimes they put it on him, and the other player gets to attack. It's a good 1-2 punch.''

Warren had 26 points and 10 rebounds, Marquese Chriss added 14 points and seven rebounds while Tyson Chandler had six points and 11 rebounds for the Suns.

Triano said he put Booker at point guard to free him up more in Phoenix's offense.

''I think he's going to take over anyway, and we want him to do that,'' Triano said. ''The idea is to put shooters around him and you could see how much space there was on the floor when (Troy Daniels) is on the floor and T.J.'s scoring the way that he was.''

Phoenix led most of the game but fell behind early in the fourth after Sacramento scored nine consecutive points to go up 97-93.

Booker brought the Suns back and scored the final seven points for Phoenix, including a layup past 7-footer Willie Cauley-Stein, a buzzer-beating 15-footer and a 3-pointer.

''He's a special player,'' Chandler said. ''You can see it. Just some players that come into this league that just have it. They're far and few in between, and he's one of those players.''

Zach Randolph scored 14 points, Bogdan Bogdanovic had 13 and four others scored 12 apiece for the Kings.

Sacramento, which beat Cleveland 109-95 on Wednesday, fell to 2-22 when trailing after three quarters.

Phoenix closed the first quarter on a 14-2 run and Warren scored six consecutive points in the second to help the Suns to a 55-46 halftime lead. Warren made his first six shots and had 15 points in the first half.

''I'm really impressed with T.J.'s game,'' Kings coach Dave Joerger said. ''He picks his spots out on the court and says, `I'm just bigger than you,'' and then he shoots up over the top.''

After Sacramento closed within 71-68 on Hill's two free throws midway through the third, Isaiah Canaan hit a 3-pointer and scored on a layup, and Troy Daniels added a 3 to push Phoenix's lead to 10.

DEFENDING Z-BO

Randolph scored 11 points in the fourth quarter to rally Sacramento past Phoenix when the two teams played at Golden1 Center on Dec. 12 but was shut out over the final 12 minutes this time around while being defended most of the night by Chriss. ''Zach is a beast and we know that,'' Triano said. ''We need to make him work for every single touch, and Marquese did that.''

TIP-INS

Suns: Chriss, the Sacramento native who was drafted eighth overall by the Kings in 2016 and traded that night to Phoenix, shot 5 of 6 and made all three of his 3-point attempts. ... Chandler was called for a technical while on the bench in the third quarter. Josh Jackson picked up a technical in the second. . Booker missed six of his first eight shots and had one blocked.

Kings: Skal Labissiere made his 13th start of the season and first since Dec. 14 after sitting out the previous three games because of coach's decision. . Vince Carter, who scored a season-high 24 points against Cleveland on Wednesday, did not play.

UP NEXT

Suns: Returns to Phoenix to play Philadelphia on Sunday.

Kings: Host Memphis on Sunday.

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Key Players
D. Booker
1 SG
Z. Randolph
50 PF
25.8 Min. Per Game 25.8
15.5 Pts. Per Game 15.5
2.3 Ast. Per Game 2.3
6.9 Reb. Per Game 6.9
44.8 Field Goal % 50.6
45.0 Three Point % 50.5
86.6 Free Throw % 78.9
  Defensive rebound by Marquese Chriss 0:09
  Buddy Hield missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:13
+ 1 Troy Daniels made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:18
  Team rebound 0:18
  Troy Daniels missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:18
  Personal foul on Buddy Hield 0:18
+ 2 Buddy Hield made jump shot, assist by George Hill 0:21
+ 3 Devin Booker made 3-pt. jump shot 0:25
  Bad pass turnover on Buddy Hield, stolen by Devin Booker 0:46
+ 2 Devin Booker made fade-away jump shot 0:58
  Offensive rebound by Tyson Chandler 1:20
Team Stats
Points 111 101
Field Goals 41-85 (48.2%) 37-80 (46.3%)
3-Pointers 13-30 (43.3%) 8-23 (34.8%)
Free Throws 16-24 (66.7%) 19-23 (82.6%)
Total Rebounds 59 40
Offensive 16 8
Defensive 31 29
Team 12 3
Assists 26 23
Steals 5 6
Blocks 5 2
Turnovers 10 9
Fouls 19 23
Technicals 2 0
26 PTS, 10 REB, 1 AST
11 PTS, 9 REB, 3 AST
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away team logo Suns 14-23 35203323111
home team logo Kings 12-23 25213718101
Team Stats
away team logo Suns 14-23 103.9 PPG 43.9 RPG 20.9 APG
home team logo Kings 12-23 98.8 PPG 40.4 RPG 21.2 APG
Key Players
T. Warren SF 19.3 PPG 5.1 RPG 1.4 APG 50.0 FG%
Z. Randolph PF 14.9 PPG 7.1 RPG 2.1 APG 48.5 FG%
Top Scorers
T. Warren SF 26 PTS 10 REB 1 AST
Z. Randolph PF 14 PTS 3 REB 3 AST
48.2 FG% 46.3
43.3 3PT FG% 34.8
66.7 FT% 82.6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Warren 38 26 10 1 0 0 1 2 12/18 0/1 2/3 4 6 37 +8
D. Booker 31 26 3 3 1 0 1 4 9/25 3/9 5/7 0 3 35 +5
M. Chriss 28 14 8 4 1 1 1 2 5/6 3/3 1/4 3 5 31 +7
T. Chandler 29 6 11 1 0 1 3 2 1/3 0/0 4/4 5 6 17 +12
T. Ulis 23 5 2 4 0 0 1 2 2/5 1/1 0/0 1 1 14 -6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Warren 38 26 10 1 0 0 1 2 12/18 0/1 2/3 4 6 37 +8
D. Booker 31 26 3 3 1 0 1 4 9/25 3/9 5/7 0 3 35 +5
M. Chriss 28 14 8 4 1 1 1 2 5/6 3/3 1/4 3 5 31 +7
T. Chandler 29 6 11 1 0 1 3 2 1/3 0/0 4/4 5 6 17 +12
T. Ulis 23 5 2 4 0 0 1 2 2/5 1/1 0/0 1 1 14 -6
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
I. Canaan 19 9 3 6 1 0 0 2 3/5 1/3 2/2 1 2 25 +6
T. Daniels 20 9 0 0 0 0 0 3 3/10 2/8 1/2 0 0 9 +15
D. Bender 19 9 2 3 0 1 2 0 3/6 3/5 0/0 0 2 16 +3
J. Jackson 10 4 2 3 2 0 1 1 2/5 0/0 0/0 0 2 13 +2
A. Len 18 3 6 1 0 2 0 1 1/2 0/0 1/2 2 4 13 -2
J. Dudley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Monroe - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Knight - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Reed - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Peters - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. House - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 111 47 26 5 5 10 19 41/85 13/30 16/24 16 31 210 +50
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
Z. Randolph 24 14 3 3 1 0 2 3 5/11 0/2 4/4 0 3 22 -3
G. Hill 29 12 3 1 0 0 1 4 2/11 1/6 7/9 1 2 16 -18
G. Temple 27 12 3 5 1 1 3 1 5/8 2/3 0/0 0 3 24 -10
S. Labissiere 15 12 4 1 0 0 0 2 5/6 0/0 2/2 2 2 18 -3
F. Mason III 34 7 4 5 2 0 1 3 3/8 1/2 0/0 0 4 22 +12
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
Z. Randolph 24 14 3 3 1 0 2 3 5/11 0/2 4/4 0 3 22 -3
G. Hill 29 12 3 1 0 0 1 4 2/11 1/6 7/9 1 2 16 -18
G. Temple 27 12 3 5 1 1 3 1 5/8 2/3 0/0 0 3 24 -10
S. Labissiere 15 12 4 1 0 0 0 2 5/6 0/0 2/2 2 2 18 -3
F. Mason III 34 7 4 5 2 0 1 3 3/8 1/2 0/0 0 4 22 +12
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Bogdanovic 30 13 2 3 0 1 0 4 5/10 2/5 1/2 0 2 22 -11
B. Hield 24 12 4 1 0 0 1 4 4/12 2/5 2/2 0 4 17 -9
W. Cauley-Stein 30 11 9 3 2 0 0 0 4/10 0/0 3/4 4 5 28 -4
K. Koufos 22 8 5 1 0 0 1 2 4/4 0/0 0/0 1 4 14 -4
V. Carter - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Cooley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Sampson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Richardson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Papagiannis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Fox - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Giles - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 101 37 23 6 2 9 23 37/80 8/23 19/23 8 29 183 -50