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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Fourth-quarter comebacks have been common for the Sacramento Kings this season. The one Tuesday night was different, though, because they finally won. DeMarcus Cousins had 27 points and 12 rebounds to help Sacramento rally for a 107-104 victory over the Phoenix Suns. The Kings, who outscored Phoenix 25-16 in the fourth, scored the final 10 points of the game in a run that was aided by three straight Suns turnovers in the closing minutes as Sacramento halted a two-game skid. The teams play again Wednesday night in Phoenix. "I never say, Wait until the fourth quarter. We have to give a much more consistent effort," Kings coach Michael Malone said. "I cant figure us out at times. Were first in the league in fewest turnovers, but weve had games recently where we look like the Keystone Cops. That needs to be cleaned up, especially going into their house tomorrow. Overall, the Kings have had little to feel good about early this season. Despite a favourable schedule with a number of home games, they dropped seven of eight after defeating Denver in the opener. Selfish play on offence, combined with a lack of defensive effort and overall hustle, has typified the Kings thus far. But that wasnt the case in the fourth quarter when Sacramento forced six turnovers and limited the Suns to 32 per cent shooting. "Everybody was doing whatever it took to win this game," said reserve guard Isaiah Thomas, who scored nine of his 19 points in the fourth, including two huge free throws. "A win like this builds confidence that we can be a good defensive team. This is a positive step forward for us." It was definitely a positive step forward for rookie Ben McLemore. He made four 3-pointers and had a season-high 19 points. That was six more points than he had combined in his previous three starts since replacing Marcus Thornton at shooting guard. "I just wanted to come out and stay aggressive," said McLemore, who also had five rebounds and a block in a season-high 34 minutes. "My teammates and our coaching staff has confidence and told me to just keep shooting. Even after I missed shots tonight, I kept shooting. Im a shooter; thats what I do." Cousins was dominant inside for much of the game, even though his left shoulder popped out of place in the second quarter and bothered him slightly for the rest of the night. The Kings physical centre shot 9 of 18 and added four steals, three assists and two blocks. "After a few pain pills my adrenaline got going and it kind of went away, but it will really be hurting tomorrow," Cousins said, adding the shoulder wasnt separated. Greivis Vasquez had 11 points and Patrick Patterson 10 for the Kings. Gerald Green scored 23 points and Marcus Morris had 19 for the Suns, who lost their third straight and dropped to 1-4 on the road. Phoenix had 16 turnovers and was outrebounded 48-31. Archie Goodwin scored 16 and Goran Dragic had 10 points and eight assists with seven turnovers. "The way we play (up tempo), were going to have some turnovers," said Channing Frye, who had 17 points and nine rebounds. "But theres a difference between good turnovers and bad turnovers. And tonight we had too many bad turnovers." Morris missed a corner 3-pointer and Cousins grabbed the rebound and made one of two free throws with just under a second left to preserve the victory. Phoenixs five losses this season are by a total of 16 points. "That one was the worst of them all," coach Jeff Hornacek said. "You cant go down to the end of the game and have five or six straight turnovers. We were just not taking care of the ball. They run the plays. They dont run them the right way and then we turn it over. Give them credit, they stuck in there." Travis Outlaw tied the score with a jumper and Thomas followed with two free throws to put the Kings ahead 106-104 with 30.4 seconds left. It was Sacramentos first lead since early in the second quarter. With the Kings trailing by seven, Thomas made two free throws and Cousins had a three-point play to cut the Suns lead to 104-102. Phoenix played without starting point guard Eric Bledsoe, who bruised his left shin in practice this week. Bledsoe leads the team in scoring (20.4) and assists (6.8). After the Kings tied the score at 97, Frye made a putback to put the Suns ahead. Dragic followed with a runner and Greens 3-pointer off a fast break extended the lead to 104-97. The Kings made three 3-pointers early in the third quarter, and the final one by Jimmer Fredette cut the Phoenix lead to 95-93 with 7:42 left in the fourth. Green scored 11 points in the third quarter when the Suns stretched the lead to 14 on several occasions. But McLemore hit two 3s and had 11 points for the Kings, who closed the gap to 88-82 heading into the fourth. Morris scored 14 points and Goodwin had 12 to help Phoenix take a 62-54 lead into halftime. The Suns shot 54 per cent and made 17 of 22 free throws in the opening half. NOTES: Hornacek was called for a technical midway through the first quarter. ... Thomas scored in double figures off the bench for the 10th straight game to start the season, establishing a franchise record that he previously shared with Walt Williams. ... Goodwin stole a pass and dunked at the other end to conclude a 10-0 run for the Suns to open the second quarter. ... McLemore made two 3s and had eight first-quarter points. In his previous three starts, McLemore shot 5 of 20 and had 14 total points. ... Thornton, who started the first six games but has struggled in the early going, didnt play for the first time this season. Cleveland Indians Jerseys . -- Top-seed Shahar Peer and Canadian Eugenie Bouchard advanced to the second round of the inaugural WTA Citi Open. Ricky Vaughn Jersey . 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And obviously we know were against the greatest of odds." Against the greatest of odds, against maybe the greatest of San Antonio Spurs teams, too. Both are very much against the Heat now, and both are winning. The Spurs are a victory away from their fifth championship, and will go for it at home Sunday night in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. The Spurs are the 32nd team in NBA history to hold a 3-1 lead in the finals. All 31 of the previous teams have won the title. "History is made to be broken, and why not me be a part of it? That would be great," James said. "That would be a great story line, right? But well see what happens. Ive got to live in the moment, though, before we even get to that point." The Spurs have the same way of thinking. They took command of the finals in stunning fashion by not just winning in Miami, but winning twice -- and winning big. San Antonio won Games 3 and 4 on the road by a combined 40 points, never trailing by more than two in either contest and running out to 25-point leads in each. "Weve got to act like were coming into it like its a road game," Spurs guard Danny Green said. "Its a mentality thing. We have to come up with the same mentality we do on the road and try to protect home court and play with desperation." There was no talk from the Spurs on Saturday about closing in on a title, or anything remotely close to that topic. They thought they had it wrapped up with 28 seconds left in Game 6 last season against Miami and saw it slip away -- so even with a 3-1 lead and being at home instead the road for this potential clinching situation, its pretty clear that San Antonio isnt willing to leave anything to chance. "Theyre going to come out and give us their best punch possible," Spurs star Tim Duncan said. "We know that theyre back-to-back champs and theyve been in this situation before and they have all the confidence in the world thaat they can win these games.dddddddddddd So we have to do just the same. Come out there and say, hey, were going to take it little by little, quarter by quarter, and see what happens." That all sounds good, and he meant every word. Thing is, the Heat -- these Heat, anyway -- havent been in this situation before. Since James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh teamed up, the Heat have never trailed 3-1 in a series. Until now. "Were not so entitled or jaded that were above having to fight for it, and thats what it is right now," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "Its competition. So weve got to find a way to fight and get this next game, and thats what its all about." Miami took a day off Friday. Mario Chalmers played with his son, James watched some film and rested at home, Udonis Haslem tried to relax with family. Wade, who missed nine of his first 10 shots -- raising questions about his health -- went a different way. He went into the gym, by himself, looking for answers. "I have very good reason that everything could change," Wade said. "As I continue to say throughout the season, its a game-to-game thing." Wade was down 2-0 in the 2006 finals, and trailed by 13 points in the fourth quarter of Game 3 of that series against Dallas. The Heat won that championship in six games. "You have to pull from your experiences," Wade said, "and know where you came from to know where youre trying to go." That also applies to the Spurs. Losing the last two games of the finals last year still stings San Antonio. That series was portrayed widely as the Spurs last hurrah -- an aging team with old stars, theres no way they could come back from something as devastating as letting the 2013 championship slip away, right? Wrong. The Spurs finished with the best record in the regular season, and are one win shy of just being the best team, period. "Whatever success anyone has is due to a lot of factors," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "Some of it is not even your doing. Sometimes things just happen. So success is a pretty complicated thing." So are comebacks. But James is eager for the chance. "For me, its like you either dont make the playoffs or you win a championship," James said. "Theres no in-between." 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