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20/05/2019 3:25 am  

PHOENIX - Playing through flu-like symptoms, Rudy Gay made a big shot at a key moment for the streaking Sacramento Kings. Stitched Minnesota Vikings Jerseys .Gay hit a go-ahead turnaround jumper with 1:07 left in the second overtime, and Sacramento beat the Phoenix Suns 114-112 on Friday night for its fifth consecutive victory.It was tough. Super tough, said Gay, who scored 11 points on 5-of-22 shooting from the floor. You have to keep fighting. The coach kept calling my number and no matter what he had faith in me and I kept fighting.Kings centre DeMarcus Cousins had 25 points and a season-high 18 rebounds before fouling out on an illegal screen with 34.7 seconds left in regulation. Darren Collison scored 16 and Ben McLemore added 15 points.It was two crazy overtimes but we got the win, McLemore said.Eric Bledsoe had 23 points and eight assists for the Suns, who were outscored 22-11 in the fourth quarter.I dont know if we were tired and out of shape or what, Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said. These guys in the fourth quarter were walking it up and we were getting caught with the shot clock. We would run a normal play and by the time we got to the second option there was five seconds on the shot clock.Bledsoe gave the Suns a 112-108 lead when he was fouled on a driving layup with 2:08 left. But he was unable to complete the three-point play.McLemore then made a 3-pointer for Sacramento with 1:49 to go, making it 112-111 and setting the stage for Gays clutch jumper. Collison then went 1 for 2 at the line with 15.1 seconds left.It shows you how our team is coming together, Cousins said. Even through the tough times and adversity, even when things arent going our way, we found a way.The Kings, led by Cousins and Collison, rallied from a 12-point deficit in the fourth quarter.Cousins had five points, including a pair of free throws that tied it at 94 with 4:57 left. Collison had four points in the key stretch.Cousins converted a three-point play with 1:37 to go, lifting Sacramento its first lead since early in the game. Bledsoe had a tying layup with 38.9 seconds remaining, and Phoenix guard Isaiah Thomas missed a potential winning 3-pointer at the buzzer against his former team.P.J. Tucker scored five points in a 7-0 Suns run to begin the first overtime, but the Kings, led by Collison, fought back to a 106-106 tie with 42.3 seconds left.It was like a roller-coaster ride the whole game all the way through the two overtimes, Tucker said. At some point we had to get a couple of stops and we didnt.TIP-INSKings: At 5-1, Sacramento is off to its best six-game start since the 1999-2000 season. That club opened the season 9-1. ... The Kings have won five straight for the first time since 2006-07 and three straight road games for the time since 1995-96. . Gay entered the game averaging 24.4 points.Suns: Goran Dragic scored 10 of his 22 points in the first quarter on 4-of-5 shooting, including his first 3-pointer of the year after an 0-for-11 start. ... Thomas made his first appearance against the franchise that drafted him, but scored only three points in 17-plus minutes. ... The Suns lost for only the second time in 10 games under Hornacek following a double-digit defeat. . Phoenix had won 25 of its last 26 when scoring at least 110 points.UP NEXTKings: Visit Oklahoma City on Sunday.Suns: Host Golden State on Sunday.NO PANICPhoenix ran out to a 36-25 lead after the first quarter, shooting 68.2 per cent from the floor along the way, but the Kings didnt panic. There was no What are we going to now, Kings coach Michael Malone said. In the first quarter we werent ready to play. But the amazing stat was by the end of the game we get it down to 42 per cent and in the fourth quarter and both overtimes, we held that team to 26 per cent.ON THE MENDSuns rookie forward T.J. Warren, who has yet to play this season because a small crack in a bone in his left thumb, participated in the team shootaround on Friday. Warren, the 14th overall pick out of North Carolina State, will practice on Saturday and is expected to be active Sunday against Golden State. Custom Vikings Jerseys . Moments after scoring and setting off another wild celebration at Minsk arena, Platt leapt into the arms of Belarusian captain Alexei Kalyuzhny. Authentic Minnesota Vikings Jerseys .C. -- The Edmonton Oilers used a late-power-play goal to get a hard-fought road victory.BOSTON - Former major league pitcher Curt Schilling says he has been treated for mouth cancer and blames the disease on his use of chewing tobacco for about 30 years. Schilling discussed details on WEEI-FM in Boston on Wednesday. The former Red Sox right-hander announced in February that he had cancer but hadnt disclosed what kind. He has said he is in remission after seven weeks of radiation and chemotherapy and has lost 75 pounds. "Im not going to sit up here from the pedestal and preach about chewing," he said. "It was an addictive habit. I can think about so many times in my life when it was so relaxing to just sit back and have a dip and do whatever. "And I lost my sense of smell, my taste buds for the most part. I had gum issues, they bled, all this other stuff. None of it was enough to ever make me quit." Schilling revealed the type of cancer two months after Hall of Fame outfielder Tony Gwynn died at the age of 54 of oral cancer, a disease he attributed to years of chewing tobacco. Use of chewing tobacco has been "a norm in the baseball culture," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "On the heels of the unfortunate passing of Tony Gwynn and now what Curts going through, you would think that this would be more of a current beacon for guys to take note and know that theres a price to be paid if youre one of the unfortunate ones that is stricken by cancer." Major League Baseball prohibits having smokeless tobacco in public view and imposes fines for violations. Minor leaguers cannot use it in games. Former Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester was coming back from treatment for anaplastic large cell lymphoma in 2007, Farrells first year as Bostons pitching coach. Lester, sent to Oakland at the trade deadline last month, was 4-0 that year and won the final game of Bostons four-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies in the World Series. "Any time a public figure who is, unfortunately, diagnosed with cancer, is able to come out and speak about it — I know how hard that can be — it brings awareness," Lester said after Schillings disclosure, "and maybe sheds a little light or a little hope on somebody whos struggling. Cheap Minnesota Vikings Gear. " Before his team faced the Red Sox on Wednesday night, Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia said the use of smokeless tobacco "is non-existent in the minor leagues during a game. ... You hope that the next generation will heed the mistakes of the prior generation." Schilling is a three-time World Series champion with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Red Sox. "Its a very serious issue," said Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter, Schillings manager with the Diamondbacks in 2000, the year before they won the World Series after Showalter left. Awareness "has gotten a lot better over the years through things like Curt is doing, but theres a long way to go." Schilling played from 2004-07 with the Red Sox, who won the World Series in his first and last seasons with them. "Hes elected to keep it very personal and I wouldnt want to betray that confidence," said Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona, who managed Boston from 2004-11. "Hes said what hes wanted to say, when hes wanted to say it." Colorado Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer said he tries to encourage young players not to use smokeless tobacco. "Anybody that thinks about it or wants to do it because its cool should realize its definitely not," he said. "Youre seeing these guys lives get put in jeopardy because of it. Young players and young kids should be aware of that. Its a disgusting habit." Schilling is being sued by Rhode Islands economic development agency after his video game company received a $75 million state loan guarantee and then collapsed. ___ AP Sports Writers Pat Graham and Janie McCauley and freelancers Patrick Donnelly and Paul Ladewski contributed to this story.


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