3 more years?  OK :) Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE.

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.

GAME-STATS

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EUTY-NOTES

  • Very sloppy first quarter - but the Suns are doing a good job taking away Evans' drive - smothered at the rim by Frye and Gortat.
  • DeMarcus Cousins hitting very pretty looking outside shots and muscling his way past Gortat in the paint - very good start for Cousins. He usually has good games against the Suns though ...
  • Very good showing on the boards by the Suns in the first quarter ... but then I look at the stats and they're about even with the Kings ...
  • Giving credit to Scott Williams - he pointed out in the first that Jared Dudley really has become a play-maker this year - I thought with all the offseason talk he would come back with just the dribble drive he talked so much about working on, but really he has improved a little something in every part of his game which has allowed him to create more whether its off a head fake or making moves in the paint. Any stress we can take off of Steve in the play-making department is welcome with open arms and Dudley and Brown are providing that. That's a good sign.
  • Terrence Williams was a great pick-up by the Kings ... he's playing with heart here as things are getting out of hand for the Kings
  • Fredette shooting ... and shooting. Well, Eddie Johnson would be proud - as a shooter you've got to continue to shoot and have a shooting mentality otherwise you will lose confidence, we've seen it happen to Frye MANY times. For whatever reason purple and orange is Jimmer's Kryptonite.
  • Hail to the Kieff! Markieff Morris getting his first burn back after battling a nasty flu-bug that dropped him 13 pounds.
  • Nice little 12-0 run by the Kings in the middle of the 2nd quarter - lack of Suns defensive concentration and lazy offense the culprit. Meanwhile Cousins, Thomas and Evans taking full advantage and gaining some rhythm. What could be a 20+ point lead by the Suns turns out to only be 9 at the half.
  • 3rd Quarter... Disgusting. Total lack of defensive focus and where the Suns were doing so well in somewhat keeping the Kings off the offensive glass - they fail hard in the third and lose the quarter by 7 points and now only lead by 1 point going into the 4th. At least they didn't head to the 4th down, because the Kings are 10-0 this year going into the 4th quarter with a lead.
  • Have to wonder... if the Kings had been shooting a better percentage from the FT-line - this game would be much different. And not in a good way for the Suns.
  • Isaiah Thomas is playing out of his mind tonight. Kings take the lead by one on free throws by Chuck Hayes. Their first lead since it was 10-9 in the 1st.
  • Much better defense starting this 4th quarter from out second Unit - plus Michael Redd taking over offensively! He's ON FIRE. Video-game-mode.
  • Sebastian Telfair not having a very good game at all. You can see it in his body language as of late - he's not all there focus-wise, he's got to right the ship because we need him in this stretch run.
  • Robin Lopez and Channing Frye getting under the skin of Cousins' - they bate him in to committing and offensive foul (should have been a tech) as he demonstratively shoved Channing in the back.
  • Starters return to the court with 6 minutes to go. And Nash goes all bloody murder with a dead-eye 3 to extend the lead to 7 then a 1-footed supernashty leaner to extend it to 9. This is as fired up as I've seen Nash in a while (with intensity) - with good reason too, this is a very frustrating game because the Suns could have easily defeated this Kings team had they maintained their focus from the first quarter.
  • PHEW - the Suns hit 100 before the Kings. 101-91 Suns. Lawler's law will prevail.
  • And that's the game - an all around team effort for the victory, 2-0 we are.

TWEET OF THE NIGHT

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

Not to mention he obviously studies at the school of Perkins Mean Mug.

FINAL ROLL CALL

And for pride and bragging rights until the next game here's a combined total ROLL CALL for both Game Thread I and II. Cheers

Roll Call: NashMV3, Dragic_is_Magic, Omaha Sun, Juac, 2NASHTY, thedoovage, haremoor, East Bay Ray, grego85, wedge1039, shawndy, atkammoh, SteveNash, QuantumPhysicist, brian13, ClipperBEAST, Eutychus, Fritzy, AZBengal18, Antwuan, Not Disclosing My Name, nashran3, SUNS PORTUGAL, the new Bradfather, waxmonkey, jatrex4suns, PhoenixSons, Piotr Szczesniak, Lino Canaan, troglodytes, nashtyish, Migonads, modernage13, JoeWisco, phxpurple, sonicking, sports_dude33, SmokinKieff, nash13mvp, Aztiramtempe, Ohforf, Beavis 25, Kevron, ArizonaCactus, PHXSunsRunNGun, HarvMel, MMotherwell, marionette, suns68
Total Users: 48
Total Posts: 812
Total Threads: 2

Name # of Posts
NashMV3 96
Lino Canaan 80
Omaha Sun 75
SteveNash, QuantumPhysicist 56
phxpurple 42
East Bay Ray 34
modernage13 29
shawndy 29
JoeWisco 25
Juac 23
Not Disclosing My Name 23
SmokinKieff 20
the new Bradfather 20
Dragic_is_Magic 19
2NASHTY 19
Antwuan 18
Ohforf 17
atkammoh 16
Aztiramtempe 15
nashtyish 15
thedoovage 13
nashran3 13
Eutychus 13
SUNS PORTUGAL 9
haremoor 9
PHXSunsRunNGun 8
ArizonaCactus 8
Beavis 25 7
AZBengal18 7
MMotherwell 6
grego85 5
nash13mvp 4
PhoenixSons 4
Kevron 4
troglodytes 4
Fritzy 4
Piotr Szczesniak 4
jatrex4suns 3
brian13 2
HarvMel 2
Migonads 2
ClipperBEAST 2
marionette 2
suns68 2
waxmonkey 1
wedge1039 1
sonicking 1
sports_dude33 1


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1st half MVP? Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE.


Roll Call: NashMV3, Dragic_is_Magic, Omaha Sun, Juac, 2NASHTY, thedoovage, haremoor, East Bay Ray, grego85, wedge1039, shawndy, atkammoh, SteveNash, QuantumPhysicist, brian13, ClipperBEAST, Eutychus, Fritzy, AZBengal18, Antwuan, Not Disclosing My Name, nashran3, SUNS PORTUGAL, the new Bradfather, waxmonkey, jatrex4suns, PhoenixSons, Piotr Szczesniak, Lino Canaan, troglodytes, nashtyish, Migonads, modernage13, JoeWisco, phxpurple, sonicking, sports_dude33
Total Users: 36
Total Posts: 356
Total Threads: 1

Name # of Posts
Omaha Sun 55
NashMV3 50
Lino Canaan 37
SteveNash, QuantumPhysicist 21
East Bay Ray 17
atkammoh 16
Antwuan 12
the new Bradfather 11
nashran3 11
Dragic_is_Magic 10
2NASHTY 10
phxpurple 10
Not Disclosing My Name 9
Eutychus 8
nashtyish 8
AZBengal18 7
thedoovage 6
haremoor 5
JoeWisco 5
grego85 5
Fritzy 4
troglodytes 4
modernage13 4
Juac 4
shawndy 4
SUNS PORTUGAL 4
PhoenixSons 3
Piotr Szczesniak 3
jatrex4suns 3
brian13 2
ClipperBEAST 2
Migonads 2
sports_dude33 1
sonicking 1
wedge1039 1
waxmonkey 1
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3 YEARS I SAID!  Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE.

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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.

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