Suns come from behind to beat Kings 101-90


Suns come from behind to beat Kings 101-90

PHOENIX (AP) Shannon Brown scored 14 of his 22 points in the third quarter, Jared Dudley added 20 points and the Phoenix Suns pulled off another big rally to beat the Sacramento Kings 101-90 Monday night.

The Suns were out of sorts throughout the first half, scoring 43 points while trailing by up to 19. Brown helped them outscore Sacramento 31-14 in the third quarter and Dudley provided the cushion down the stretch to give Phoenix its first three-game winning streak of the season.

Marcin Gortat had 14 points and 13 rebounds, and Luis Scola gave the Suns his usual hustle while scoring 14 points and dishing out a career-high 10 assists.

The Kings played well early, but faded down the stretch to lose their fourth straight game. Jimmer Fredette had 22 points and Aaron Brooks added 12 for Sacramento.

Sacramento and Phoenix, the two worst teams in the Pacific Division, met heading in opposite directions.

Just a week ago, the Suns were reeling, on a seven-game losing streak that included a 40-point blowout to struggling Detroit on Nov. 28, the third-worst loss in franchise history.

Phoenix started its current five-game homestand with a loss to Orlando, but followed with wins over Memphis and Utah, two teams in the upper half of the Western Conference.

The Kings seemed to be putting things together with a modest three-game winning streak, only to play poorly at both ends during a four-game losing streak. Sacramento was blown out 122-97 by Denver at home Sunday night and has struggled on the road all season, winning 1 of 10 games before facing the Suns.

The Kings looked tired early after playing the night before, missing nine of their first 12 shots before hitting a few late in the first quarter during a 10-0 run.

After that, it was the Suns who looked worn down.

Phoenix missed all seven of its 3-pointers in the first quarter and wasn't much better from anywhere else, unable to get even layups and tip-ins to go down. The Suns failed to hit a field goal over the final 5:19 of the first quarter and continued to struggle in the second, going down 52-33 after Fredette hit two free throws to reach 12 points in the quarter.

Phoenix managed to hit a couple of shots late, but still trailed 54-43 at halftime - the 20th time in 25 games this season the Suns have trailed by double digits.

Of course, they've come back a lot this season, too, and did it again.

Hitting the shots that weren't falling early, Phoenix went on an 18-4 run midway through the third quarter, going up 61-58 after Brown hit three straight shots, including a 3-pointer as he fell into Sacramento's bench.

The Suns kept hitting shots - 13 of 19 - and played some defense, holding the Kings scoreless for four minutes to turn an 11-point deficit into a six-point lead.

Phoenix extended the lead to 85-75 on a 3-pointer by Michael Beasley from the corner midway through the fourth quarter, but the Kings clawed back within three. The Sun sealed it after that, going up 97-84 on consecutive 3-pointers by Dudley and a driving layup by Brown.

NOTES: Hall of Fame center Bill Russell attended the game. ... Phoenix has won 12 of its past 14 games against Sacramento at home. ... Sacramento played without G Tyreke Evans, who left with sore knee after the first quarter against Denver Sunday night.

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No longer on loan to Swiss team, Caps prospect likely to play in Hershey this season

No longer on loan to Swiss team, Caps prospect likely to play in Hershey this season

In July's development camp, Capitals prospect Jonas Siegenthaler was unsure where he would be playing in 2016-17. It now certainly looks like the answer will be North America.

Siegenthaler, 19, signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Caps in 2015, but spent the 2015-16 season on loan in Switzerland playing for the ZSC Lions. That loan appears to be over.

According to the team's website, Siegenthaler is listed as a "departure" from the Lions for the upcoming season. The team he is listed as leaving for is the Washington Capitals.

Siegenthaler played six games for the Hershey Bears last season after his team in Switzerland finished their campaign. Now that he is no longer on loan, Hershey appears to be the most likely destination for him for 2016-17. It also means he will likely attend the Caps' training camp in September.

A native of Zurich, Switzerland, Siegenthaler was drafted by the Caps in the second round of the 2015 NHL draft.


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Scrambling QB's could give Ravens problems this season

Scrambling QB's could give Ravens problems this season

OWINGS MILLS – Will scrambling quarterbacks give the Ravens a problem this season?

That’s a concern for the Ravens, especially since they face mobile quarterbacks the first two weeks of the season – Tyrod Taylor of the Bills in Week 1, and Robert Griffin III of the Browns in Week 2. Ravens coach John Harbaugh was not happy to see Colts quarterback Andrew Luck run successfully several times during Saturday night’s preseason game. He wants the Ravens to be more disciplined rushing the passer, and not allow easy avenues for quarterbacks to escape the pocket.

“You can’t let your quarterbacks run,” Harbaugh said. “That’s run defense in the sense that pass-rush lanes are run defense. We do preach that to our guys, that pass-rush lanes are run defense. They have to understand that, especially against a quarterback like Andrew Luck who can really run – Tyrod Taylor (too).”

The Ravens host the Lions on Saturday night, and Harbaugh does not want to see Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford turning third downs into first downs with his legs.

“Matt Stafford is a runner,” Harbaugh said. “Those are great guys to go against this time of year to make sure we get that honed up. Last year, that was a major problem for us, and it’s been that way for about three years here. You go all the way back to (Tom) Brady scoring from the five or six yard line on that scramble three or four years ago – two years ago, whatever it was. You can’t let quarterbacks run for first downs, and you can’t let quarterbacks run for touchdowns.”

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Holtby gets new Canadian mask for World Cup

Holtby gets new Canadian mask for World Cup

Braden Holtby will represent Canada for the first time in a major tournament this September in the World Cup of Hockey. To help him look the part, Holtby will be waering a new Canadian goalie mask.

Fans were treated to their first look at Holtby's Team Canada mask on Tuesday as the Capitals Twitter account posted pictures. The maple leaf is featured prominently as one would expect.

On the chin there is the No. 70, which of course is his jersey number for the Caps. Holtby also gives a shotout to the Caps on the left side of the mask.

Props to the Russina Machine Never Breaks crew for spotting that.

Team Canada will begin practice on Sept. 5 in Ontario. Their first game of the tournament will be on Sept. 17 against the Czech Republic.