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Suns set for showdown in Sacramento

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Phoenix Suns will try to halt a two-game losing streak Tuesday night when they start a home-and-home series with the Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena.

The two teams meet in Phoenix on Wednesday.

The Suns lost a pair of heartbreakers in the last week - first a 90-89 setback in Portland on Wednesday, then a home overtime loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Friday.

The Suns' four losses have come by a combined 13 points and the combined record of those four teams is 28-13.

Against the Nets, Joe Johnson hit a layup as time expired in overtime to give Brooklyn a 100-98 win at US Airways Center.

"It happens. We have another game next week. We have look past this game, it's over with and we can't do anything about it and it is what it is," said guard Eric Bledsoe.

Goran Dragic, back in the starting lineup after dealing with some nagging injuries, led the way for Phoenix with 19 points and 10 assists. P.J. Tucker added 17, followed by 15 from Bledsoe and 13 apiece from Channing Frye and Marcus Morris.

The Kings have dropped two straight since a home win over those same Nets Wednesday. Both of Sacramento's setbacks came at home, and after the game on Tuesday, the Kings hit the road for three straight.

The Kings' most recent setback came at the hands of the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday night. The Grizz held the Kings to 38 percent shooting in a 97-86 victory.

Sacramento's five starters combined for 29 points, but four Kings - John Salmons, Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Thornton and Travis Outlaw - scored in double figures off the bench. Salmons was replaced in the starting lineup by Luc Mbah a Moute.

The Kings cut a 20-point deficit to three in the fourth quarter, but couldn't sustain the momentum. Despite the comeback, the Kings coach was not happy about what he saw.

"We can't give forth the effort we were tonight if we want to compete against a team like that," Kings head coach Michael Malone said.

The Kings visit the Suns on Wednesday, then stay in Los Angeles for the weekend with tilts against the Clippers and Lakers.

The Kings took the final two games of the series with the Suns last season, but Phoenix is 8-4 in its last 12 in California's capital.

11/19 10:02:52 ET

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Brooklyn «94Final | Box
Toronto87
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game One. Brooklyn leads series, 1-0.
Golden State «109Final | Box
LA Clippers105
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game One. Golden State leads series, 1-0.
Atlanta «101Final | Box
Indiana93
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Memphis01st Qtr 9:33 | Box
Oklahoma City8ESPN, YES, TSN
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game One.
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Standings

2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
18th
NOR 1
DUR 1
 
Final
WAS 3
STL 4
Final
CLE 0
TOR 5
Final
DET 5
ANA 2
Final
BOS 4
BAL 2
Final
KAN 5
MIN 4
Final
CHC 8
CIN 4
Final
OAK 4
HOU 3
8th
PIT 7
MIL 6
 
8th
NYM 3
ATL 4
 
6th
TAM 14
NYY 1
 
Final
MIA 7
SEA 0
5th
TEX 5
CWS 1
 
5th
LOS 8
ARI 4
 
6th
COL 3
PHI 0
 
5th
SDP 1
SFG 0
 
Final
TOR 87
BRK 94
Final
LAC 105
GSW 109
Final
IND 93
ATL 101
 
1st
OKC 8
MEM 0
 
Final
STL 4
CHI 3
2nd Intermission
PIT 3
CLB 3
 
1st
COL 0
MIN 0
 
18th
NOR 1
DUR 1