Phoenix 104, Sacramento 99

Date - Wednesday, April 16, 2014 10:30 PM
Location - Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, California
Officials - #11 Derrick Collins, #15 Bennett Salvatore, #34 Kevin Cutler
Attendance - 17317

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Phoenix 21 26 24 33 104
Sacramento 24 23 27 25 99

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Phoenix 48-34 26-15 22-19 W1
Sacramento 28-54 17-24 11-30 L1

Recap


Suns 104, Kings 99: Rookie Archie Goodwin went 11-for-13 from the field and scored a career-high 29 points off the bench as visiting Phoenix downed Sacramento to end a three-game losing streak.

Marcus Morris tied a season high with 22 points while Markieff Morris added 15 for the Suns (48-34), who completed the best turnaround of the NBA season by posting 23 more victories than they did a season ago. Gerald Green tallied 12 points and was the only other Phoenix player to finish in double figures.

Rookie Ben McLemore erupted for a career-high 31 points for the Kings, who managed to go 28-54 for the second straight season. Travis Outlaw tallied 15 points and Ray McCallum poured in 13 while Aaron Gray (13 rebounds) and Jason Thompson (11 boards) helped Sacramento enjoy a 54-40 advantage on the boards despite the absence of suspended center DeMarcus Cousins.

McLemore came up two points shy of his previous career-high point total in the first half alone as Sacramento played Phoenix to a 47-all draw at the break. The Kings controlled most of the third quarter and matched their biggest lead of the game at 78-71 early in the final stanza before Marcus Morris bookended an 8-0 spurt with a 3-pointer and mid-range jumper to put Phoenix ahead by one.

Gray put Sacramento back in front on the other end – converting on his fourth try at the basket – but Goodwin answered with a jumper and the Morris twins scored the next six Suns points to preserve the tenuous advantage. Quincy Acy’s three-point play evened it at 94 with just over four minutes left, but Goodwin drained a short jumper and a 3-pointer on consecutive possessions to seal it.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Goodwin, who had logged only one minute in April prior to Wednesday, reached double figures for the fourth time in 52 games. … Cousins, who finished third in the NBA with 53 double-doubles, served a one-game suspension on Wednesday after picking up his 16th technical foul in Sunday’s win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. … Phoenix became the fourth team in league history to miss the playoffs after posting at least 48 wins.

Top Game Performances

Phoenix   Sacramento
Archie Goodwin 29 Scoring Ben McLemore 31
Ishmael Smith 8 Assists Ben McLemore 5
Marcus Morris 6 Rebounds Aaron Gray 13
Archie Goodwin 6 Free Throws Made Ben McLemore 10
Archie Goodwin 2 Steals Aaron Gray 2
Alex Len 1 Blocks Isaiah Thomas 1

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Phoenix 104 46.5 8-20 16-22 16 40 5 9 11
Sacramento 99 43.0 4-19 21-30 19 54 3 8 17