Suns’ skid reaches 14

Ba­gley has 32 points to help Kings hand Phoenix 14th straight loss

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SACRA­MENTO, Calif. — Marvin Ba­gley III was more than a lit­tle ex­cited play­ing against Phoenix for the first time. The Sacra­mento rookie grew up in Tempe, Ari­zona, and was briefly high school team­mates with the Suns’ Dean­dre Ay­ton.

Phoenix passed over Ba­gley with the No. 1 over­all pick in last sum­mer’s draft, tak­ing Ay­ton in­stead. Ba­gley fell to the Kings at No. 2 — a lit­tle added mo­ti­va­tion there, too.

Ba­gley had an­other strong game off the bench with a ca­reer-high 32 points and six re­bounds, and Sacra­mento beat Phoenix 117-104 on Sun­day to hand the Suns their 14th straight loss.

“I love play­ing against the Suns,” said Ba­gley, who missed the Kings first

two games against Phoenix due to a knee in­jury. “It’s fun play­ing against Dean­dre, the whole or­ga­ni­za­tion, ev­ery­body in­volved. I got to meet them when I went there for my pre-draft work and I met a few of those guys. So it was good com­pet­ing against them.”

Buddy Hield scored 18 points, De’Aaron Fox had 17 points and nine as­sists, and Ne­manja Bjel­ica added 10 points and eight re­bounds to help Sacra­mento to its fifth win in six games.

The Kings inched closer to end­ing the long­est cur­rent play­off drought in the NBA. Sacra­mento, which last made the post­sea­son in 2005-06, pulled within a half-game of the idle Los An­ge­les Clip­pers for the fi­nal play­off spot in the West.

It’s also the fastest the Kings (30-26) have reached 30 wins since 2004-05 when they did it in 43 games.

Devin Booker had 27 points, eight re­bounds and six as­sists in his re­turn from in­jury for Phoenix. Ay­ton added 16 points and nine re­bounds.

The Suns’ los­ing streak is one shy of its fran­chise record of 15 set last sea­son. They’ll try to avoid match­ing that dubious mark Wed­nes­day against the Clip­pers.

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PHOENIX SUNS FOR­WARD MIKAL BRIDGES (RIGHT) steals the ball from Sacra­mento Kings for­ward Har­ri­son Barnes dur­ing the first half of Sun­day’s game in Sacra­mento, Calif.

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SACRA­MENTO KINGS FOR­WARD Marvin Ba­gley III (cen­ter) drives be­tween Phoenix Suns’ Josh Jack­son (left) and Kelly Oubre Jr. (right) dur­ing the sec­ond half of Sun­day’s game in Sacra­mento, Calif.

Kings 117 Suns 104 SAC: 30-26 over­all PHX: 11-47 over­all

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