Sacramento, Calif. (AP) — Cameron Payne scored a season-high 24 points in 22 minutes off the bench and was helped by a reversal call to help the Phoenix Suns beat the Sacramento Kings 109-104 on Monday night to win their fifth straight game. .
Devin Booker had 18 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Phoenix. Chris Paul and Mikaal Bridges scored 16-16 runs.
The Sons led 21 at the start of the fourth quarter before Sacramento pushed late in the final five minutes.
“The second unit has a much better job to keep up with. Expecting starters to come in and save us in moments like these, it’s a tough job,” said Phoenix coach Monty Williams. “We got them going a lot with turnovers. Gave the pace. We were able to make enough plays to win the game, but it’s a tough spot.”
D’Aaron Fox hit a pair of free throws and Damien Jones scored on a putback dunk to pull the Kings 107-102. After a sun miss, Sacramento’s Harrison Barnes scored on a lay-up and was fouled by Booker.
Booker said, “I thought I put my two feet down, I thought I was still beautiful.” “I definitely thought it was a fee.”
Williams challenged the play and, after a lengthy review, the call was reversed and Barnes was charged with an offensive foul.
“The players always felt like they didn’t commit a crime, but the book was pretty adamant,” Williams said. “At the moment you almost have to do it to change the pace. It was a good call by (associate head coach) Kevin Young to give me the go-ahead to do it. The book was in good shape.”
After being stung by Barnes, Booker missed two free throws to keep the Sons’ lead at 107-104. But the Kings turned the ball on the ensuing inbound play.
Barnes had 26 points for Sacramento and the Foxes scored 24, going 31-12 in the third, before a furious rally was cut short.
“Like the fight that the group showed. Unfortunately, it took the bench to come in and do that,” said Kings coach Luke Walton. “What I am disappointed with the most is the wasted opportunities. The third quarter was disgusting. “
Playing without Deandre Ayton for the third time in four games, the Sons played well in the post and got a big contribution from several reserves.
Payne led the charge off the bench, shooting 9 of 14 with four 3-pointers. Frank Kaminsky added 10 points and five rebounds.
The Sons extended their lead after scoring 14 points in the first half of the second half as the Kings lost eight consecutive shots and made five turnovers. Paul had five points during the run and picked up a technical to argue with an official after scoring on a layoff after a steal.
Sons: Paul was placed under 10 assist for the second time this season. … the bench had 39 points in the first half and pushed Sacramento’s reserves to 48-33 on aggregate. … JE Crowder was called for a major 1 foul in the second quarter. … Ayton is battling a right lower leg injury.
Kings: Tyrese Halliburton suffered a late-stage injury due to a tightness in his lower back. Buddy Heald started instead of Halliburton and scored 14 points.
Sun: Host the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesdays.
Kings: Begin a four-game road trip in San Antonio on Wednesday.
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