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Originally published Friday, March 8, 2013 at 10:14 PM

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Thomas sparks Kings to victory

Former Huskies star Isaiah Thomas scored 27 points and Tyreke Evans had 25 for the Sacramento Kings, who defeated the Phoenix Suns 121-112 on Friday night.

At a glance

Record: 22-42 (fourth in Pacific Division)

Next up: Sunday, vs. Milwaukee, 6 p.m.

Notable: The victory pulled the Kings out of the Western Conference cellar.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Former Huskies star Isaiah Thomas scored 27 points and Tyreke Evans had 25 for the Sacramento Kings, who defeated the Phoenix Suns 121-112 on Friday night.

It was a rare win for the Kings (22-42), who had dropped nine of their previous 11 games and escaped the bottom of the Western Conference. Phoenix and New Orleans, both 21-41, now share the worst record in the West.

The Kings shot 55 percent and converted six straight free throws in the final 16 seconds to secure the victory. Marcus Thornton made five three-pointers and scored 23 points for the Kings. DeMarcus Cousins had 22 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists for Sacramento. Jason Thompson had 12 points.

Thomas hit 4 of 5 three-pointers and also had six assists and five steals.

Michael Beasley scored 24 points for the Suns, who had beaten the Kings in five straight, including twice this season. Wesley Johnson had 19 points and Goran Dragic had 17 points and 16 assists.

PHOENIX fg ft
min m-a m-a or-t a pf pts
MarcMorris 28:04 5-10 1-1 4-5 2 2 12
MarkMorris 21:57 4-8 1-2 0-2 3 2 9
Scola 35:43 4-8 6-6 1-9 4 3 14
Dragic 36:29 6-12 4-5 0-4 16 4 17
WJohnson 34:31 7-14 2-2 1-4 0 2 19
Beasley 27:47 10-21 2-3 1-4 2 1 24
Haddadi 10:17 0-2 2-2 3-4 1 2 2
Dudley 15:29 5-8 1-2 0-2 0 0 11
Marshall 11:31 1-3 0-0 0-1 4 0 2
Tucker 18:12 1-4 0-0 2-3 1 1 2
Totals 43-90 19-23 12-38 33 17 112
Percentages: FG .478, FT .826. Three-point goals: 7-23, .304 (W.Johnson 3-9, Beasley 2-4, Marc.Morris 1-2, Dragic 1-3, Marshall 0-1, Dudley 0-2, Tucker 0-2). Team rebounds: 7. Team turnovers: 13 (14 PTS). Blocked shots: 6 (Haddadi 3, Beasley, W.Johnson, Mark.Morris). Turnovers: 13 (Scola 4, Dragic 3, Marc.Morris 2, Beasley, Haddadi, W.Johnson, Tucker). Steals: 9 (Dragic 5, W.Johnson 2, Marc.Morris, Scola). Technical fouls: Defensive three second, 11:19 fourth.
SACRAMENTO fg ft
min m-a m-a or-t a pf pts
Salmons 23:00 1-5 0-0 0-3 5 0 2
Thompson 28:36 4-8 4-6 1-1 1 2 12
Cousins 35:18 9-13 4-4 1-14 7 5 22
Thomas 33:03 8-13 7-7 1-5 6 3 27
Evans 34:47 9-12 3-4 0-2 5 2 25
Thornton 24:17 9-13 0-0 1-3 1 3 23
Patterson 25:50 4-9 0-0 2-6 2 4 8
Fredette 6:02 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 2
Hayes 6:02 0-1 0-0 0-1 1 0 0
Outlaw 10:01 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
Douglas 13:04 0-3 0-0 0-1 2 1 0
Totals 45-82 18-21 6-38 30 21 121
Percentages: FG .549, FT .857. Three-point goals: 13-27, .481 (Thornton 5-7, Thomas 4-5, Evans 4-6, Douglas 0-1, Fredette 0-1, Patterson 0-1, Outlaw 0-2, Salmons 0-4). Team rebounds: 8. Team turnovers: 16 (21 PTS). Blocked shots: 4 (Evans 2, Patterson, Thompson). Turnovers: 15 (Evans 6, Cousins 4, Thomas 2, Outlaw, Salmons, Thompson). Steals: 8 (Thomas 5, Cousins 2, Evans). Technical fouls: None.
Phoenix 30 27 25 30 — 112
Sacramento 32 27 30 32 — 121
Attendance: 13,501 (17,317). Time: 2:20. Officials: B. Spooner, M. Smith, H. Workman.

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