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Kings drop season finale to Suns

By From page B2 | April 17, 2014

SACRAMENTO — Archie Goodwin scored 12 of his career-high 29 points in the fourth quarter and the Phoenix Suns defeated the Sacramento Kings, 104-99, on Wednesday in the season finale for both teams.

The Suns outscored the Kings, 33-25, in the fourth quarter to snap a three-game losing streak.

Rookie Ben McLemore had 31 points and five assists, both career highs, for the Kings, who lost for the sixth time in seven games while playing starters Rudy Gay and Isaiah Thomas limited minutes. Travis Outlaw had 15 points and Ray McCallum 13.

Sacramento was without leading scorer and rebounder DeMarcus Cousins.

He was called for a technical foul in Sunday’s victory over Minnesota and drew an automatic one-game suspension for getting his 16th technical foul of the season.

It was another lackluster season for the Kings (28-53), who matched their win total from last year and failed to make the playoffs for an eighth straight season.

Sacramento shared the ball and shot 50 percent in the third quarter to take a 74-71 lead into the fourth.

Notes: Former Kings standout Mitch Richmond was honored at halftime for his recent induction into the Hall of Fame. … Before the game, Gay accepted the Oscar Robertson Triple-Double Award, which is presented to the Kings player who best exemplifies winning characteristics as both a player and an active community member. … The award was presented by Robertson, a Hall of Fame player who played for the franchise when it was the Cincinnati Royals.

The Associated Press

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