|Date of game: 11/7/2014
Recap: Phoenix vs. Sacramento
Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - DeMarcus Cousins had 25 points and 18 rebounds but fouled out late in regulation and had to watch two overtime periods from the bench.
His teammates stepped up in crunch time and the Sacramento Kings took a 114-112 win over the Phoenix Suns, extending one of the best starts in franchise history.
Darren Collison had 16 points and Ben McLemore scored 15 for the Kings, who improved to 5-1 on the young season despite shooting just 3-of-16 from behind the arc. They have also won five straight games for the first time since 2006-07.
Eric Bledsoe had 23 points and eight assists for Phoenix, losers in three of four. Goran Dragic scored 22 points and Miles Plumlee filled the stat sheet with 15 points and 16 rebounds.
"We just gotta do a better job of closing out games," Bledsoe said.
Phoenix led 88-77 through three quarters, but the visitors dominated the fourth, holding the Suns to just 4-for-18 shooting.
Plumlee made it 94-83 with his free throw at 7:28 when Sacramento rattled off 11 straight points to tie it. Cousins scored five during the run, including free throws at 4:57 to make it 94-94.
The Kings took their first lead of the fourth when Cousins converted a three- point play at 1:37.
After empty possessions both ways, Bledsoe tied it when he darted through the defense for a scoop layup. Sacramento took a timeout to advance the ball but whatever play was drawn up in the huddle ended before it began, with Cousins getting called for his sixth foul on an illegal screen.
Former King Isaiah Thomas, who signed with Phoenix this offseason, missed a contested 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded.
The Suns scored the first seven points of overtime, with P.J. Tucker hitting a triple from the left wing at 3:34 to make it 106-99. They were held scoreless the rest of the way as Sacramento clawed back.
Collison scored back-to-back field goals and McLemore made a pair of free throws. Collison split a pair from the stripe to tie it. The Kings had the final look this time, but Rudy Gay dribbled off his leg and had to settle for a heave from near midcourt.
Gay finished with 11 points on just 5-for-22 shooting.
Bledsoe's layup three minutes into the second overtime period gave the Suns a 112-108 lead. Once again, the Kings fought back. McLemore potted a triple from the corner and Gay hit a turnaround jumper. Collison split a pair at the line with 15.1 seconds left to make it a 114-112 game.
"They made runs, we made runs," said Gay. "We had to finish out like we do. We're starting to get that mentality about us now."
Phoenix had two final looks at the basket, with Tucker missing a corner 3-ball and Marcus Morris coming up short on his fade-away midrange jumper.Game Notes
The Kings are 3-0 on the road for the first time since 1995-96 ... The Kings
are 5-1 for the first time since starting 9-1 in the 1999-2000 season ...
Tucker scored 15 for the Suns ... Cousins shot 13-of-14 from the free throw
line ... Sacramento won the rebounding edge, 60-42 ... Both teams shot 42.9
percent from the floor.