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Ike Diogu scored 28 points Wednesday in helping Sacramento end a dismal season on an upbeat with a 97-90 victory over Minnesota. The Kings ended a nine-game losing streak, but their 16-65 record is still the worst in team history.
Michael Finley beat the game clock, but not the shot clock, with a 3-pointer that officials let stand Sunday in the San Antonio Spurs 95-92 win over Sacramento. With the game tied 92-92, Finley collected a pass from a driving Tony Parker and fired the 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds left to play.
Ron Artest had 26 points Thursday and the Houston Rockets beat Sacramento 115-98 to take a half game lead over San Antonio and Portland in the NBA West. Yao Ming had 20 points and nine rebounds.
David West scored 40 points Tuesday while Rasual Butler hit a game-winning three at the buzzer, allowing New Orleans to squeak past Sacramento 111-110. A timely screen gave Butler the look he wanted after a timeout and he nailed the winning shot from the top of the arc as time expired.
Jeff Green and Russell Westbrook scored 22 points each Tuesday and Oklahoma City held off Sacramento 99-98. The Thunder got another 17 points from Thabo Sefolosha and Nenad Krstic grabbed 15 rebounds. Oklahoma City has now won five of its last six games while Sacramento has lost 20 of its last 24. Spencer Hawes led the Kings with 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.
Kevin Martin led six players in double figures with 20 points Friday night, boosting the Sacramento Kings to a 98-86 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers were unable to build on their biggest win of the season, a two-point upset of Boston Wednesday. Sacramento scored the last 10 points of the first period for a 27-18 lead and was not threatened the rest of the way. Bobby Jackson had 18 and Andres Nocioni 17 for the Kings, who had lost their previous three games.
Josh Howard scored a team-high 20 points Saturday night to lead the Dallas Mavericks in an easy 116-95 victory against the Sacramento Kings. Following a 30-20 first quarter, Dallas built its advantage to 70-50 by halftime and held a double-digit lead the entire second half. Reserve James Singleton had 19 points and 12 rebounds.
Kirk Hinrich scored 12 of his season-high 31 points in the final 6 minutes Wednesday and Chicago pulled away late to defeat Milwaukee 113-104. The game was tied midway through the fourth quarter before Hinrich made a layup and a 3-pointer on back-to-back possessions. Chicago picked up the victory on the day the Bulls made a six-player trade with Sacramento.
Sacramento and Chicago swapped six players Wednesday in the first of an expected flurry of deals prior to the NBA trade deadline. The Bulls got center Brad Miller and swingman John Salmons for forwards Andres Nocioni, Cedric Simmons and Michael Ruffin, and center Drew Gooden. The Sacramento Bee reported
Mike Bibby had 31 points, six assists and five steals Tuesday in the Atlanta Hawks' 105-102 over the Chicago Bulls. Josh Smith added 17 points and 14 rebounds, Zaza Pachulia 18 points, and Joe Johnson 16 points, eight assists and five rebounds.
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