Suns beat Kings 106-96 in 1st game under Hunter

Suns beat Kings 106-96 in 1st game under Hunter
January 24, 2013, 12:45 am
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Phoenix Suns guard Jared Dudley, left, drives to the basket between Sacramento Kings' Marcus Thornton, center, and DeMarcus Cousins during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Luis Scola scored 21 points and the Phoenix Suns won their first game under new coach Lindsey Hunter, beating the Sacramento Kings 106-96 on Wednesday night.

The Suns, tied with New Orleans for the worst record in the Western Conference at 14-28, outplayed the Kings in the second half, quieting a Sacramento crowd that was watching the Kings for the first time since the announced sale of the team to a group of Seattle businessmen.

Michael Beasley had 13 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, when the Suns outscored Sacramento 32-19. Marcin Gortat, Goran Dragic and Shannon Brown scored 12 apiece for Phoenix, which has won two straight road games but is 4-17 away from home.