Cousins, Gay lead Kings past young Suns 113-94

PHOENIX (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins scored 24 points, Rudy Gay added 22 and the Sacramento Kings beat the Phoenix Suns 113-94 on Wednesday night in the season opener for both teams.

The Kings won an opener for the first time in three years and gave coach Dave Joerger a victory in his Sacramento debut.

Sacramento used an 18-1 first-half run to take control and was up by as many as 26 points in the third quarter.

Devin Booker, plagued by foul trouble, scored 18 points for the Suns. Eric Bledsoe added 16 and T.J. Warren had 14. Dragan Bender, the 18-year-old fourth overall pick in this year's draft, scored 10 points for Phoenix, all in the second half.

A lineup featuring all three Phoenix draft picks - first-rounders Bender and Marquese Chriss and second-rounder Tyler Ulis - got the Suns back within 10. Bender hit his second 3-pointer of the quarter and Chriss scored inside to slice it to 86-76 with 9:07 to play.

But Gay scored seven points and Matt Barnes had five in a 12-1 outburst to put the Kings back firmly in control 98-77.

Sacramento's reserves dominated their Phoenix counterparts to give the Kings their big first-half lead.

The Suns travel to Oklahoma City for the Thunder's home opener on Friday night.

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