Suns 88, Kings 86
Feb. 11, 1998
PHOENIX (AP) _ Rex Chapman's one-handed running jumper with 1.8 seconds remaining gave the Phoenix Suns an 88-86 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night.
Jason Kidd led the Suns with 21 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Chapman and Antonio McDyess each added 16 points, and McDyess grabbed 14 rebounds.
Corliss Williamson led the Kings with 26 points. All-Star guard Mitch Richmond had only 12 points before getting ejected early in the third period. He was thrown out after getting a second technical for arguing an offensive foul call.
Phoenix opening the second period with a 8-2 run and took its first lead of the game with 9:53 remaining in the half. Danny Manning scored 12 points in the period as the Suns took a 52-46 halftime lead.
Sacramento used a 10-2 run midway through the final period to cut Phoenix's lead to 84-83. Williamson scored five points and Michael Smith had four during the run.
Williamson's layup tied the game at 86 with 44.2 seconds remaining, but Chapman won it for Phoenix with his 10-foot runner in the closing seconds.
Notes: The Suns are 32-15, their best start since 1994-95. Last year, Phoenix didn't win its 32nd game until March 28. Although the Suns were sixth in the NBA in scoring (98.9 points per game) entering Tuesday's game, they were on pace to set an all-time franchise record for fewest points in a season. The Suns have never averaged less than 100 points per game in a season. ... The Suns have beaten the Kings 23 straight times in Phoenix. The last Sacaramento win in Phoenix came on Jan. 30, 1988. ... Mitch Richmond needs 65 points to catch Bob Cousy for 52nd on the NBA's career scoring list.