Suns, Kings square off in Sacramento

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PHOENIX -- A hot-shooting start to the season made it seem that the Phoenix Suns might not be so different under new coach Terry Porter.

The offense has since cooled off considerably, and so have the Suns.

They'll look to put a lot more points on the board tonight by taking advantage of one of the league's worst defensive teams in a matchup with the Sacramento Kings.

Under former coach Mike D'Antoni, the Suns were third in the NBA in scoring with 110 points per game last season after leading the league in each of the previous three.

They also topped the NBA in field-goal shooting each of the last three seasons.

The offense was expected to slow down under the more defensive-minded Porter, not to mention Phoenix has one of the NBA's oldest rosters with Steve Nash and Shaquille O'Neal leading the way.

However, the Suns are back among the league leaders in scoring at 101 points per game, thanks mainly to their 55 percent field-goal shooting during a 4-1 start.

Phoenix's shots haven't been falling as much recently, hitting 43 percent while averaging 94 points to go 2-2 including Wednesday night's homecourt loss to the Houston Rockets.

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