Kings Takeaways: What We Learned From 117-104 Win Over Suns in Sacramento


SACRAMENTO -- Home is where the heart is. The Sacramento Kings made quick work of the spiraling Phoenix Suns Sunday at Golden 1 Center, running away for a 117-104 win for their 30th victory of the season.

Devin Booker, Josh Jackson and Deandre Ayton all put up numbers, but it wasn't nearly enough to help Phoenix avoid their 14th consecutive loss.

Here are three takeaways as the Kings finished the homestand 5-1 and improved to 30-26 on the season.

No. 1 vs. No. 2 

Deandre Ayton and Marvin Bagley will forever be connected. Not only did the pair play on the same high school team for a stint, but they also went with the top two selections in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Bagley missed the first two matchups between the two teams, but he was ready to go Sunday at Golden 1. The 19-year-old was aggressive on the offensive end, scoring a new career-high 30 points on 10-for-15 shooting. He added seven rebounds, a block and a steal in the win.

Ayton wasn't nearly as successful. Sacramento fronted the young big and made life difficult on him all night long. He finished the evening with 16 points and nine rebounds for Phoenix.

It's too early to start making claims of who will be the best pro, but Bagley certainly appeared motivated by the matchup.

10 Deep 

When the Kings made a series of moves at the deadline, it was to improve the overall depth of the team. The early returns are solid.

Bagley had the big night, but six players scored in double-figures and Harrison Barnes barely missed the mark for Sacramento as they pulled away from the Suns.

The starting backcourt of De'Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield combined to score 35 points, grab 12 rebounds and dish out nine assists.

Making a Move 

The Kings continued their hot streak at home. With the win, they climbed four games over the .500 mark for the first time since 2016.

Sacramento currently sits a half game behind the Los Angeles Clippers for the eighth best record in the Western Conference standings. With a Lakers loss earlier in the day, the Kings pulled two games ahead of the 10th spot.

Coach Dave Joerger's group has already surpassed their win total of 27 from last season.

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