Goodwin helps Suns to 104-99 win over Kings
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Archie Goodwin scored 12 of his career-high 29 points in the fourth quarter and the Phoenix Suns defeated the Sacramento Kings 104-99 Wednesday night 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.
Goodwin, a rookie guard with little playing time this season, made a jumper to put the Suns ahead for good with 3:49 left in the game.
Phoenix played without guard Goran Dragic (sore left ankle), who led the Suns in scoring and assists.
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.
It was a disappointing season for the Suns (48-34), who missed the playoffs despite a dramatic turnaround under rookie coach Jeff Hornacek after winning 25 games a year ago. Only the Suns and Golden State (2007-08) have won 48 games and failed to make the playoffs since the NBA went to the 16-team playoff format.
After winning nine of 11 and moving into seventh last week in the Western Conference, the Suns dropped three straight games in a four-night span. The Memphis Grizzlies clinched the last available playoff berth Monday night in Phoenix, eliminating the Suns with a 97-91 victory.
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.
Goodwin converted on three-point play to give the Suns a 92-87 lead midway through the fourth quarter. After the Kings tied the score, Goodwin made a layup and a 3, putting Phoenix ahead 99-94.
The Kings shared the ball and shot 50 percent in the third quarter to take a 74-71 lead into the fourth.
McLemore, who has experienced a difficult first season, surpassed his previous career-high of 18 points when he hit a 3 at the 10-minute mark in the third quarter.
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. . Channing Frye became the first Suns player to start all 82 regular-season games since Amar'e Stoudemire did it in 2009-10.