Minus Bledsoe, Suns can't keep pace with Cousins, Kings
Nov 20, 2013 at 8:57p ET
The Kings took control in the third quarter, turning a five-point halftime lead into a 14-point advantage. They finished off a back-to-back sweep after beating Phoenix at home on Tuesday night.
The Suns lost their fourth straight game.
Cousins dislocated his left shoulder in Tuesday night's game, though he said afterward it wasn't separated. Kings coach Michael Malone said the big center got injured when he was fouled, but he continued to play that night and started Wednesday, playing 27 minutes.
Cousins absorbed some contact at the 9-minute mark of the first quarter and grabbed his left shoulder, grimacing in pain. He shot only 4 of 14 but was a force on the glass at both ends of the court.
Isaiah Thomas came off the bench to score 23 points and hand out four assists. He was also pesky on defense as the Kings scored 20 points off Phoenix turnovers.
The Kings (4-7) held the Suns to 44.6 percent shooting, outrebounded them 42-37 and forced 17 turnovers to Sacramento's 11.
Point guard Goran Dragic got off to a strong start, scoring the first 11 points of the game for the Suns. The first eight all came on drives to the basket; the last three on a 3-pointer with 7:40 left in the first quarter.
Dragic made 10 of 19 shots for the game and ended up with 31 points.
Gerald Green went 6 for 8 on 3-pointers and tied a season high with 23 points for the Suns. He also matched a career high for 3s, but scored 20 of his points in the first half.
Green started in place of injured guard Eric Bledsoe, who was a game-time decision and did not play. Bledsoe is dealing with a bruised shin and has missed the past two games.
Phoenix (5-6) trailed by as many as 10 points in the first half. The Suns fell behind 81-64 after Kings reserve Travis Outlaw sank a 3-pointer and a long jumper on successive possessions early in the fourth quarter.
The Suns cut it to 95-88 with 3:10 to play on a 3-pointer from Marcus Morris, who finished with 13 points off the bench.
The Kings took a 62-53 lead with 6:41 left in the third quarter on consecutive baskets by forward Jason Thompson.
Cousins scored 10 in the first and the score was tied at 27 going into the second quarter.
Sacramento took a 53-43 lead with 2:01 to play in the first half on a basket and free throw from Luc Mbah a Moute. But the Suns closed the half on a 7-2 run, with Green hitting a 3 with 1.7 seconds left.