The Sacramento Kings finished 28-54 in 2012-13 and responded by hiring a new coach and general manager, bringing in a raft of new players and … finished 28-54 in 2013-14.
The Kings closed out the season with a 104-99 loss to the Phoenix Suns Wednesday night at Sleep Train Arena, playing without center DeMarcus Cousins, who was suspended after picking up his 16th technical foul of the season in Sunday’s win over the Timberwolves.
In a game that had no playoff implications, reserves got the bulk of the playing time on both sides, with Rudy Gay logging just 17 minutes and Isaiah Thomas playing only 17. One starter for Sacramento who did get a ton of time was first-round pick Ben McLemore, who closed out his rookie season with a career-high 31 points to go with five assists—also a career high—on 9-of-20 shooting. McLemore matched his previous career high of 18 points in the first half.
The Suns (48-34), who were eliminated from playoff contention with a loss at home to the Grizzlies on Monday, rallied to win in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Kings 33-25 over the final 12 minutes behind 12 points from rookie Archie Goodwin, who scored a career-high 29 points on the night.
Marcus Morris added 22 points and six rebounds for the Suns, Markieff Morris scored 15 and Gerald Green had 12 in 17 minutes. No Phoenix starter played more than 21 minutes. Ishmael Smith dished out eight assists.
Phoenix was 40-for-86 (46.5 percent) overall, 8-for-20 (40 percent) from 3-point range and 16-for-22 (72.7 percent) at the line. Sacramento was 37-for-86 (43 percent), 4-for-19 (21.1 percent) and 21-for-30 (70 percent).
The Kings had a sizeable 54-40 edge on the glass and stayed in the game in part because of the work on the offensive boards, outscoring the Suns on second-chance points 17-6.
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