In the last two seasons, the Phoenix Suns played against Sacramento Kings five times. On each occasion, the Kings hammered them, and center DeMarcus Cousins was the man who stood tall. On Wednesday, there was no Cousins, and the Suns made the most of it to break the Sacramento jinx. Phoenix won 118-97 at Talking Stick Resort Arena.
The Suns succeeded in shooting from the 3-point range, which helped them build the lead. They shot 14 out of 23. Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight took charge. The guards posted 36 points, 5 assists and 3 steals to put Phoenix to the drivers seat. The Suns now have a 3-2 win record.
Without center Cousins, the Kings have a dismal 11-35 record.
On Wednesday, Bledsoe set the tone for Suns in the first quarter with his aggression at both ends. He posted 10 points and 2 rebounds.
“Eric came in this year with a different mentality,” Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said as he showered praises on his guard. “He knows that for us to get to another level, he’s got to bring it every game we’re out there. That includes the start of the game, loosening up and getting into the flow, being the aggressor. I thought he really did that in the first quarter.
“He’s a competitor. He wants to win every game and he knows to try to do that, he’ll lay it all out there.”
Alex Len starred in the final quarter with 14 points and five rebounds. Len didn’t score in the first half. Bledsoe finished with 19 points.
“I just wanted to come out aggressive,” revealed Bledsoe. “I wanted to get everyone involved and set the tone from the jump.”