SACRAMENTO -- The Kings defeated the Suns on Sunday in dramatic fashion on a DeMarcus Cousins 19-foot jumper at the buzzer 85-83 at Sleep Train Arena.
Sacramento took a 14-point lead into the fourth quarter, but Phoenix took an 83-81 lead on a Markieff Morris jumper with 1:21 remaining in the game.
However, Cousins’ layup with 26 seconds remaining tied the game. And after Morris missed a fade-away jumper, Derrick Williams secured the defensive rebound with 2.5 seconds remaining and the Kings called timeout setting up Cousins’ heroics at the buzzer.
Sacramento put all distractions aside and snapped a three-game losing streak and a six-game home losing streak, amid rumors that Sacramento’s coach, Tyrone Corbin, could be on the way out in favor of George Karl.
The Kings are now 7-19 under Corbin since he took over for the fired Michael Malone.
Without its starting point guard Darren Collison for the second consecutive game, as well as starting small forward Rudy Gay, Sacramento’s offense was buoyed by Cousins.
Cousins secured his 32nd double-double of the season, scoring 28 points and pulling in 12 rebounds while Ben McLemore chipped in 13 points. Ramon Sessions was solid for Sacramento in the point guard role, scoring 10 points with six assists and seven rebounds.
Phoenix was led by former King Isaiah Thomas, who posted 26 points. Goran Dragic added 13 points in the losing effort.
The Suns were also shorthanded without two starters in guard Eric Bledsoe, who was not with the team due to personal reasons. Center Alex Len also did not play due to a right ankle sprain.
The Kings (18-32) improved to 11-17 at home.
The Kings were able to hold the Suns to 36 percent shooting from the floor, including 5-for-28 3-point shooting to secure the win.
Sacramento conversely shot 45 percent from the floor and withstood the fourth-quarter run when they were outscored by Phoenix 24-12.
The Kings took a 26-18 lead at the end of the first quarter behind 10 points in the stanza from Cousins and holding Phoenix to 8-for-28 shooting from the floor.
Sacramento lead by as many as 12 points in the second quarter and held a 48-42 lead at intermission.
STANDOUT PERFORMER: DeMarcus Cousins hit the game-winning shot at the buzzer, and scored 28 points and corralled 12 rebounds in his 32nd double double of the season. Cousins is second in the NBA in double doubles behind Pau Gasol (33) of the Bulls.
TURNING POINT: Cousins jumper at the buzzer to win it.
Kings: G Darren Collison (right hip flexor strain) and F Eric Moreland (left shoulder labral tear) were out.
Suns: C Alex Len (right ankle sprain) and G Eric Bledsoe (Not with team-personal reasons) were out.
The Kings visit the Bulls in Chicago on Tuesday and the Bucks in Milwaukee on Wednesday before the All-Star break.