Their 10-point lead had evaporated in lower than three minutes and it seemed like the identical ol’ dreadful Sacramento Kings had been about to blow one other winnable recreation.

Then Harrison Barnes calmly rose up over Devin Booker, the 3-pointer seemed good all the way in which, and it splashed through the net on the buzzer to provide the Kings an exhilarating 110-107 victory over the shocked Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night time.

Instead of discovering a option to lose, the Kings had clawed out a win. That’s progress.

“We’re a different group,” Kings coach Luke Walton mentioned. “I know we’ve got a long way to go still, but we’ve put in the time, put in the work and it’s a group that believes in each other.”

The Kings led by as many as 13 factors within the fourth quarter however the Suns rallied late. Booker discovered Mikal Bridges for an alley-oop dunk with 34 seconds remaining to tie the sport at 107.

Phoenix obtained a defensive cease on the subsequent possession however Booker’s troublesome 18-foot jumper with 4.1 seconds left was off the mark. Sacramento grabbed the rebound and known as a timeout to arrange a remaining possession.

With 1.4 seconds left, De’Aaron Fox threw a brief inbounds go to Barnes, who was guarded tightly by Booker. The 6-foot-8 Barnes jumped, turning and rising over Booker’s outstretched arm for the game-winning shot, shouting because it went by way of the ring.

Barnes mentioned there have been no nerves within the remaining moments: “Honestly, we’re just trying to get a good look. We know worst-case scenario, we go to overtime.”

Walton mentioned the Kings need to develop from the jittery remaining minutes, but it surely’s so much simpler to show these classes with a win.

“It’s an emotional roller coaster sometimes,” Walton mentioned. “I’m happy for our guys because they did play really hard tonight. They fought back from a poor first half, built up a nice lead, made some big plays. But we have to learn from that.”

Barnes had 22 factors. Buddy Hield thrived in his position off the bench, pouring in 26 factors in simply 27 minutes. The 6-foot-4 guard made a season-high seven 3-pointers on simply 11 makes an attempt and added 5 rebounds.

Tyrese Haliburton scored 15 factors and hit an off-balance 3-pointer from the nook late within the fourth to assist the Kings keep forward. The Kings improved to 2-2 and try to interrupt a string of 15 straight dropping seasons.

The loss continued a sluggish begin for the Suns, who’re 1-3 after making the NBA Finals final season. They have related expectations this season with basically the identical staff, however had a chilly night time capturing from lengthy vary, ending 6 of twenty-two (27.3%) from behind the arc.

Deandre Ayton had 21 factors and a season-high 21 rebounds. Booker scored a season-high 31 factors. Jae Crowder — who had 10 factors — mentioned the Suns had been coasting at occasions till the ultimate jiffy.

“You saw us play desperate,” Crowder mentioned. “We have to find a way to generate that for 48 minutes. We have to get back being the hunter instead of being hunted. We are stepping up to the challenge but not for 48 minutes.”

The Kings trailed for a lot of the night time earlier than a 17-6 run pushed them to an 82-76 benefit by the top of the third quarter. The Suns scored simply 15 factors within the third on 7-of-22 (32%) capturing.

The Suns by no means trailed within the first half, leaping out to 61-53 lead by halftime. Ayton had 16 factors and 11 rebounds earlier than the break, making 8 of 11 photographs from the sphere. Fox and Barnes each scored 10 for the Kings.


Kings: Alex Len completed with 10 factors and three rebounds. He made a 3-pointer halfway by way of the fourth quarter to place the Kings up 12. The 7-footer spent his first 5 seasons within the NBA with the Suns. … Terence Davis missed all seven of his photographs.

Suns: Backup level guard Cam Payne did not play due to a proper hamstring pressure. Elfrid Payton stuffed in for Payne and completed with 10 factors and two assists.


Kings: Visit New Orleans on Friday.

Suns: Host Cleveland on Saturday.