Kings 105, Suns 101
PHOENIX — Seth Curry scored 20 points and added a career-high 15 assists, and a watered-down Sacramento Kings team held off a late rally to beat the Phoenix Suns 105-101 Monday.
The Kings (33-48) played without five regulars — resting DeMarcus Cousins, Darren Collison and Rajon Rondo along with the injured Omri Casspi (hamstring) and Marco Belinelli (foot).
Sacramento center Kosta Koufos had 19 points and eight rebounds, and Rudy Gay scored four of his 15 after the Suns cut a 17-point Kings lead to two with three minutes left.
Mirza Teletovic had a game-high 26 points and Devin Booker had 22 for the Suns, who missed a chance to win three straight games for the first time since mid-November. Phoenix played without Tyson Chandler (concussion) and Archie Goodwin (ankle).
Alex Len added 16 points and 12 rebounds, and P.J. Tucker (15 points, 10 rebounds) and Jon Leuer (12 points, 10 boards) also had double-doubles for Phoenix.
The Suns (22-59) trailed by as many as 17 and were down 94-79 in the fourth quarter. However, they reeled off 13 straight points, and Teletovic followed a put-back by Tucker with 3-pointer with 3:12 left to shave the Kings' lead to 94-92.
Gay hit a 12-foot jumper on the next Sacramento possession and finished a Ben McLemore steal with a dunk to restore the Kings' lead to 98-92 with 2:12 to go.
A 3-pointer by Teletovic and two free throws by Leuer got Phoenix back within 101-99, but Booker missed a 14-footer with a chance to tie, and two free throws each by James Anderson and Quincy Acy gave the Kings enough room to win.
Curry, who played for the Suns on a 10-day contract last year and whose previous career high for assists was five, had nine in the first half alone to give the Kings a boost.
Koufos had seven points in the final 3:29 of the half and Curry followed a 3-pointer by setting up Gay for a dunk, and the Kings led 56-49 at the break.
Sacramento took its biggest lead at 85-68 in the third quarter when Curry fed Willie Cauley-Stein for an alley-oop dunk with 1:37 left.
NOTES: Sacramento coach George Karl on the idea of resting players with his team long since eliminated from playoff contention. “I'm not philosophizing about what's going on in the NBA today; it just gets me in trouble. It's interesting, and it probably should be discussed.” … Suns G Devin Booker surpassed the 1,000-point mark at 19 years, 162 days. Only Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and LeBron James reached the 1,000-point mark at a younger age. He is the fifth Suns rookie to score 1,000 points, joining Alvan Adams, Walter Davis, Michael Finley and Amar'e Stoudemire. … Phoenix SF P.J. Tucker recorded three of his six double-doubles this season in previous six games before Monday. He averaged 13.8 points and 9.5 rebounds over that span and hit 22 of 23 free throws. … The Kings won at least 30 games for the first time since going 38-44 in the 2007-08 season.