Predictably, the Suns would go on a 9-2 run to end the quarter up 11 points. Sacramento's offense just could not get anything going, mainly because 3 of the 5 players on the lineup are the Kings lowest per-game scorers, another is an inconsistent rookie, and the other is a guy who has played just 6 games with the Kings. Jimmer tried to provide the offense, and got some good looks from three, but unlike against Minnesota, tonight they weren't falling. He finished 0 for 5 from three, and 0 for 6 overall.
The start of the 2nd quarter featured the same lineup for the Kings, and it was more of the same. Former All-Star Michael Redd took over the reins for Phoenix here and got off to a scorching start, featuring in all of Phoenix's first 12 points of the quarter, whether by scoring or assisting. Redd's three with 7:46 left in the half put the Suns up 17 points and the only reason it wasn't worse was because Terrence Williams was taking over the Kings offense. 17 points this early in the game was discouraging, but we know this team can fight and there was still plenty of time left in the game.
Sacramento struck first to open the final period, retaking the lead for the first time since the 1st quarter, but it didn't last long. Both teams kept trading baskets, with the Kings ever being within one possession but never gaining enough momentum to take the lead again or even gain some separation. Big shots didn't fall, particularly from the perimeter, where the Kings were just 1 for 10 on the night. Michael Redd continued to torch the Kings with his shooting and slashing, and the Kings stopped moving the ball as much, going one-on-one. This resulted in another below 20 assist game for Sacramento, finishing with just 19.
Keith Smart was right to fear the Pick and Roll, but fearing it is not the same as stopping it. According to mysyngergysports.com the Suns P&R ballhandlers were 8 of 15 from the field, their roll men went 4 of 6, and their cutters 5 of 7. Phoenix beat the Kings at their own game too, getting to the basket at will and outscoring Sacramento in the paint 54 to 52.