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Production from Kings’ shooting guards key in win at Phoenix

Sacramento Kings players watch during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, in Phoenix. The Kings won 114-112 in double overtime.
Sacramento Kings players watch during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, in Phoenix. The Kings won 114-112 in double overtime. AP

Much of the attention about the Kings’ uncertainty in their lineup is usually focused on their power forwards, but shooting guard has given the Kings reason for concern heading into the season.

The Kings start second-year guard Ben McLemore and he’s backed up by a rookie, Nik Stauskas. McLemore has to show he’s grown up from his rookie season. Stauskas figures to have his issues just being a rookie.

Both started the season in shooting slumps and it looked like all the concerns about the position were legitimate and further explained why the Kings made an attempt to trade for Klay Thompson.

But both young guards were keys in the Kings’ 114-112 double-overtime triumph over the Phoenix Suns Friday night at US Airways Center.

McLemore had 15 points, including a key three pointer in the second overtime to pull the Kings within one at 112-111.

Stauskas scored nine points and had two assists.

They combined to shoot 9 of 16 with only one turnover between them.

Kings coach Michael Malone discusses the contributions of both in the video below. McLemore’s defense on Eric Bledsoe late was good and a reason the Kings won:

▪ Darren Collison picked up two quick fouls to start the game. Ramon Sessions filled in what was his most solid outing of the season.

Sessions had nine points, four assists and three rebounds in 25 minutes against the Suns.

▪ The Kings held Phoenix to 9-for-34 shooting in the fourth quarter and both overtimes (26.4 percent). Phoenix was shooting 51.6 percent through three quarters.

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