PHOENIX -- Guards Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe combined for 57 points on 21-for-30 shooting from the field and the Phoenix Suns outscored Sacramento 19-4 to open the third quarter take the lead for good and beat the new-look Kings 116-107 on Friday night.
Dragic had a game-high 29 points including four of Phoenix's 12 3-pointers while Bledsoe added 28 points and eight assists for the Suns, who have won a season-high four straight and moved to 13-9 on the season.
Center Miles Plumlee had 12 points, nine rebounds, four steals and three blocks for Phoenix. He put the game away with a soaring, one-handed offensive slam off forward P.J. Tucker's miss with 1:29 left to give Phoenix a 112-103 lead.
Guard Isaiah Thomas had 27 points and his new teammate forward Rudy Gay added 24 for the Kings, who beat Phoenix on back-to-back nights last month (Nov. 19-20). But Sacramento has made a lot of roster changes since including the acquisitions of Gay, center Aaron Gray and forward Quincy Acy in a trade with Toronto on Monday.
The Suns had 12 turnovers that led to 22 Sacramento points in the first half, a big reason why an early 11-point lead melted away. But Phoenix had only four turnovers after intermission, and the extra possessions came in handy.
The first half was a see-saw affair that saw both teams take 11-point leads and combine to hit 11 of 17 3-pointers. The Suns shot 64 percent from the field but 12 turnovers that led to 22 Sacramento points allowed the Kings to keep pace.
But the Kings ended the quarter on a 19-4 run and turned that 11-point deficit into a six-point lead. Thomas had 13 points in the quarter, capping it with a 3-pointer with 12.9 seconds left to make it 34-28 Kings.
Sacramento took an 11-point lead of its own at 39-28 on a driving layup by forward Derrick Williams with 10:30 left in the half, only to have the Suns answer with a 19-8 run and tied the game at 47 on another Dragic 3-pointer with 4:38 to go. The Kings responded by reeling off nine straight points but the Suns pulled to within 61-58 at the half on Frye's 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds left.
Phoenix dominated the first six minutes of the third quarter, outscoring the Kings 19-4 and capping an 11-0 run on a Dragic 3-pointer to make it 77-65 Suns with 6:19 left. But Sacramento regrouped and scrambled back to 85-82 to end the quarter on Thomas' layup with 1.9 seconds left.
NOTES: The Suns had 20 or more fastbreak points in 12 of their first 21 games of the season. That matches their total from all of 2012-13. ... The Kings came into the game with a streak of four straight 100-point games, averaging 106.3 points over that span. ... Kings coach Michael Malone had only one practice and one shoot around with his team since the big trade with Toronto. "The only expectation I have (for the game) is that we play hard, we compete and we bring energy and effort," Malone said. "There are so many new faces and new bodies. We are trying to get those guys up to speed. There are going to be some growing pains as we go through this."... One improvement during Phoenix's winning streak was the half-court offense and spacing. "If you're three feet from where you're supposed to be then it makes the angle of that pass more difficult and more likely to end in a turnover," Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said. "You have to fight to get to the spot." ... The Suns are 5-1 this year when either forwards Marcus or Markieff Morris scores 20 points off the bench. Both rank among the top 15 league reserves in points, rebounds, field-goal percentage and steals.