Lights out for the Sacramento Kings (19-35) ... quite literally. Not two minutes into the game tonight a circuit of the arena lights flickered out and caused a brief stop in play as both coaches were consulted by the officials. The delay did not last more than a few moments but it was a literal foreshadowing of the outcome of this game as the Phoenix Suns (27-26) again sprung above .500 and came out the victors of this battle royal --- - ----.
The Suns came out very strong and focused defensively to at one point take a 17-point lead. But as the time remaining in the game digressed so did the focus of the Suns and the Kings ended the 1st half on a run to bring the lead down just eight points. The momentum for the Kings carried into the third and by the start of the 4th quarter the Kings had stormed back behind 39 points from DeMarcus Cousins, 25 from Isaiah Thomas and 16 from newly acquired Terrence Williams off the bench to take a one-point lead over the Suns after Chuck Hayes sunk two free throws.
But it would be the hot hand of Michael Redd who contributed with 16 of his own timely points off the bench and the will of Steve Nash (18-12) in the 4th quarter that would propel the Suns to regain and extend the lead to 12 at one point as the Suns hold on and turn the lights off on the Kings.
The Suns picked up a half game on the Jazz and the Rockets - that much closer to a playoff spot!
More after the jump!
When all is said and done the Suns just did what they needed to do. They beat a team they were supposed to beat. It was not the prettiest game but it was a good sign as the Suns notch this W in the first game of their road swing.
Demarcus Cousins is the oldest young big I've ever seen. Although he's producing and growing, he moves like he's going to collapse. #geritol— wolf620 (@wolf620) April 4, 2012
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(SB Nation Arizona, Avinash Kunnath) Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns is 38 years old, and he's not getting any younger. But it's hard to notice that when you watch it on the floor. Nash has performed at an All-Star level, piling up 11.3 assists per game while averaging 12.7 points per game and shooting 53.7% from the field and 38.9% from three. Despite his age, Nash seems to be producing as well as he ever as in the most efficient manner possible.
It should come as no surprise he wants to stay in the league. It might be a bit of a surprise how long he plans on staying. Marc Stein of ESPN reports that Nash wants to play into his 40s, and he wants his new deal to reflect that come time for free agency.
Nash, who turned 38 in February, also told ESPN.com in a phone interview before Tuesday night's game in Sacramento he intends to "sign for three more years this summer" and play beyond his 40th birthday when he either inks a new deal to stay with the Suns or finds a new team via free agency.
Responding to a New York Post report in Tuesday's editions which described the condition of Nash's back as "bad as it has ever been," Nash strongly disputed such suggestions. He expressed great satisfaction with the way his health has held up through the rigors of a lockout-compacted schedule that called for 66 regular-season games in a span of about 120 days.
It's a tall order, but if Nash is healthy and he stays this productive, I doubt it'd be hard for any team to turn down three years of one of the greatest point guards ever playing the way he's been playing.