The Kings fell to 2-9 without DeMarcus Cousins this season with a 115-106 loss to the Phoenix Suns, Friday at Sleep Train Arena.
Cousins missed the game due to a stomach illness.
The Kings’ problem was their defense. They allowed the Suns to shoot 48.9 percent, including 14-for-33 (42.4 percent) from three-point range. That allowed Phoenix to overcome giving up 24 points off turnovers.
Darren Collison led the Kings (12-17) with 19 points, and tied his career high with four made threes. Derrick Williams and Rudy Gay each had 16 points. Reggie Evans had 11 points and 16 rebounds starting for Cousins.
Marcus Morris led the Suns (17-14) with 20 points off the bench. Isaiah Thomas, in his first game in Sacramento since not being re-signed in the offseason, had 17 points and five assists.
Eric Bledsoe added 18 points for the Suns and center Alex Len had 10 points and matched his career highs with 11 rebounds and five blocks.
The Kings were also without reserves Ryan Hollins (personal) and Ramon Sessions (low back strain).
The Kings have lost seven of their last eight games, including the last two.