Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 1)

Series starts 10/19

Game 1: Thursday, October 19th

Kings 94

(2-1, 2-1 away)

Suns 111

(3-1, 2-1 home)

    Coverage: CSNS

    7:00 PM ET, October 19, 2006

    US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ

    1 2 3 4 T
    SAC 21 24 27 2294
    PHX 32 10 43 26111

    Suns get fired up, burn Kings with 43-point third quarter

    PHOENIX (AP) -- Shawn Marion and Steve Nash sparked Phoenix's 43-point third quarter and the Suns rallied to beat the Sacramento Kings 111-94 on Thursday night.

    After trailing by three points at halftime following a 10-point second quarter, the fast-breaking Suns (2-2) got their offense into gear in the third period and emerged with an 85-72 lead. Marion, who had only six points in the first half, scored 14 in the decisive period, capping his burst with a 3-pointer just before the buzzer.

    Nash, the NBA's two-time most valuable player, had 11 points and five assists in the quarter. In the period, when the Suns made the first three baskets and took the lead for good, 48-45, they shot 62 percent (15-for-23).

    Marion finished with 20 points and eight rebounds and Nash wound up with 17 points and 13 assists. James Jones added 14 points, including three 3-pointers.

    John Salmons led the Kings (2-1) with 15 points, Ron Artest had 14 and Ronnie Price scored 12.

    The Suns used a 13-0 run midway through the first quarter to build a 32-21 advantage by the end of the period. In the quarter, they shot a sizzling 67 percent (14-for-21), but their shooting went sour in the second period (3-for-19, 16 percent) and Sacramento took advantage to outscore them 24-10 and forge a 45-42 halftime lead.

    Artest led the Kings with 10 points at halftime, while Nash had six points and eight assists for the Suns.

    The Suns' Raja Bell was charged with a flagrant foul with 8:29 remaining in the third period when he almost came to blows with the Kings' Brad Miller. They were quickly separated.

    This was the first of six exhibition games in nine days for the Kings. The Suns have only two games remaining before the regular season opens Oct. 31.

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