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first_imgPhoenix Suns guard Jevon Carter (4) drives on Sacramento Kings guard Cory Joseph during the second half during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)PHOENIX — Coach Monty Williams wanted Jevon Carter to slow down. The backup point guard didn’t pay attention.Two unexpected 3-pointers later, the Phoenix Suns had the spark they needed to blow past the Sacramento Kings for a 124-95 win in the season opener for both teams on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? MOST READ Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This jewelry designer is also an architect UP NEXTKings: Host Portland on Friday.Suns: Visit Denver on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Doncic-Porzingis debut leads Mavericks past Wizards Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemicalcenter_img “Jevon just doesn’t listen to me, that’s pretty much it,” Williams said with a grin. “He just goes nuts, hits shots and defensively he gets all over people. He has selective hearing. I was trying to scream to him to slow down, but he’s a pitbull. That’s what I love about him.”While the reserves stepped up, the starters played well, too.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceDevin Booker had 22 points and 10 assists, and Kelly Oubre Jr. added 21 points. Veteran guard Ricky Rubio had 11 points, 11 assists, six rebounds and four steals in his first game after signing a three-year deal worth $51 million.It was an encouraging night for a franchise that hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2010 and finished with a dismal 19-63 record last season. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? 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The 48-year-old Williams coached the New Orleans Hornets for five seasons from 2010-15 and got another opportunity with Phoenix during the offseason.The Suns trailed by five at halftime but rallied for an 86-76 advantage headed into the fourth. Carter hit back-to-back 3-pointers late in the third to give the Suns some unexpected offense, highlighting an impressive run by the Suns’ second unit.Carter finished with 11 points, including three 3-pointers. Tyler Johnson added 10 points in 17 minutes.“We just go out there, play hard and play together,” Carter said. “Sometimes it’s going to work. Sometimes it’s not. But I feel more times than not it’s going to work.”EMOTIONAL NIGHTWilliams also won as a head coach for the first time without his wife Ingrid, who died in a car accident in 2016 at 44 years old.“First time I’ve done this without Ingrid and that was just different,” Williams said. “A lot of emotions, a lot of good stuff. So thankful my kids were there tonight for the whole game and got to see that. So glad I got to do that with this group.”TIP-INSKings: F Harry Giles III (sore left knee) was held out. … The game was the Kings debut of coach Luke Walton. The 39-year-old coached the Lakers for three seasons before being fired during the past offseason. … One of Walton’s assistants is Igor Kokoskov, who coached the Suns last season before getting fired after just one year.Suns: Rookie guards Ty Jerome (right ankle sprain) and Cameron Johnson (left calf soreness) were inactive. … Booker was called for a technical foul in the third quarter after arguing with a referee. … The Suns improved to 36-17 all-time in home openers. Becoming his own man DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img

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