Five takeaways from Suns falling to Kings minus injured Kevin Durant

Michael Taylor
Michael Taylor

Phoenix couldn’t keep up with Sacramento this time.

The Kings won their first game over the Suns this season, 128-119, before a sellout crowd of 17,071 at Footprint Center behind balanced scoring (seven players reached double figures), hot 3-point shooting (15-of-35) and winning the free throw battle.

Devin Booker scored a game-high 28 points while Deandre Ayton added 22 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Suns (37-30). Harrison Barnes paced Sacramento (40-26) with 19 points.

Kevin Durant missed his second game for the Suns with a left ankle sprain that will be re-evaluated in three weeks. Here are five takeaways as Phoenix plays Monday at defending NBA champion Golden State (35-33).

Without Durant

The Kings blitzed Booker, forcing the likes of Chris Paul and Ish Wainright to knock down shots.

They didn’t make many from 3.

Paul went 2-of-9 on 3s while Wainright was 1-of-6.

Those two came through at Dallas with Durant on the floor. It’s a make or miss league, but the looks were cleaner with Durant than without him.

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