Kings 96, Suns 90
Kings 96, Suns 90
Jan. 13, 1998
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) _ Mitch Richmond scored 14 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter and made a big defensive play as the Sacramento Kings rallied to beat the Phoenix Suns 96-90 Monday night.
With the Kings clinging to a 90-86 lead, Richmond blocked Rex Chapman's 3-point attempt, retrieved the ball and passed to Tariq Abdul-Wahad for a dunk that put Sacramento ahead 92-86 with 29 seconds remaining.
Corliss Williamson finished with 25 points and Michael Stewart had a career-high 19 rebounds for Sacramento, which won for the fifth time in six games. The Kings have won seven of their last eight home games.
Richmond, who averaged just 15 points in his previous three games, helped the Kings overcome a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter.
Sacramento scored nine straight points early in the period to cut the Suns' lead to 71-70. The run featured a pair of 3-pointers by Terry Dehere and another one by Richmond.
That ignited a 23-8 run by the Kings, who took the lead for the first time since early in the first quarter when Richmond completed a three-point play for an 80-79 lead. Phoenix never regained the lead.
Cliff Robinson scored 23 points for the Suns, who had won nine of their previous 11 games. Danny Manning finished with 17 points for the Suns.
Antonio McDeyess grabbed 16 rebounds for the Suns, who committed 26 turnovers.
Trailing 57-43, the Kings scored eight straight points to get within six. Williamson scored 10 points in the third period, helping to pull the Kings within 67-59 heading into the final quarter.
The Kings, who trailed 29-19 after one quarter, trailed by double figures for most of the first half before closing with an 8-2 run that cut the Suns' lead to 45-40.
Notes: After going 1-for-10 from 3-point range in his previous three games, Richmond made a pair of 3s in the first quarter. ... The Suns committed 15 turnovers in the first half, including 11 in the second quarter. ... Sacramento, the league's second worst free-throw shooting team, missed eight of its first 12 attempts.