'Other' Curry has big night in Kings' victory over SunsPosted: Updated:
Seth Curry had 20 points and tripled his previous career best with 15 assists and the depleted Sacramento Kings beat the Phoenix Suns 105-101 on Monday night.
Curry, Stephen's brother, played 39 minutes - the most of his NBA career - while the Kings left three of their top players home for "rest" - DeMarcus Cousins, Darren Collison and Rajon Rondo. Curry topped his previous career best of five assists.
Kosta Koufos added 19 points for Sacramento. Mirza Teletovic led Phoenix with 26 points. Devin Booker added 22, 18 in the second half when the Suns sliced Sacramento's 17-point lead to two.
The loss left Phoenix (22-59) a game behind better than Brooklyn (21-60) in the competition for the fourth- and third-worst record in the league.
The Kings led almost all of the game in a matchup of two of the NBA's least successful teams in recent years. It's the sixth straight season the Suns and 10th straight year the Kings have missed the playoffs.
Trailing 101-99, Phoenix had a chance to tie it after Ben McLemore missed two free throws with 21.3 seconds left, but Booker missed a 14-footer. Sacramento sealed it with free throws from there.
Curry had 10 points and four assists in the third quarter, when the Kings led by as many as 17.
McLemore's 3-pointer put Sacramento up 94-79 with 7:21 to play. But Phoenix responded with a 13-0 run to cut the lead to 94-92 on Teletovic's 3-pointer with 3:12 to play.
Kings: Sacramento won the season series 3-1, as it did in 2014-25. ... Curry was one point shy of his career high in points. ... The Kings had 25 assists, the 22nd time in the past 23 games they've had at least 20. ... Rondo leads the NBA in assists at 11.7 per game.
Suns: Phoenix was without center Tyson Chandler (concussion protocol) and guard Archie Goodwin (left ankle sprain), Suns Ring of Honor member Dan Majerle presented the team's Dan Majerle hustle award to P.J. Tucker, the fourth year in a row Tucker has won the award. ... The 19-year-old Booker is the fourth-youngest player in NBA to score 1,000 points in a season. Only LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant were younger.
Kings: finish their season Wednesday night at Houston.
Suns: completes the season by hosting the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night.
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