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Sacramento Kings Ruin Another Season, Beat Rockets

The Spoilers killed another season. The Sacramento Kings beat the Houston Rockets 104-101 at the Toyota Center to severely damage the Rockets' playoff hopes. Samuel Dalembert and Marcus Thornton each scored 21 points (including some late crucial free throws) to lead Sacramento; Dalembert and DeMarcus Cousins had 15 rebounds each.

Kevin Martin went off for 30, but the Kings defended him alright, holding him to a True Shooting percentage of .526. Tyreke Evans held Kyle Lowry to 4-15 shooting, and scored 18 points of his own to go with five assists. The Kings never trailed in the fourth quarter, but things got dicey near the end as each of Beno Udrih and Samuel Dalembert fouled three-point shooters with the Kings up 2-3 possessions. (Thornton fouled Martin on an apparent three-point attempt, but Martin was passing the ball off, so he ended up with two attempts.)

But Thornton hit an incredible jumper with 26 seconds left, and he and Dalembert hit their free throws down the stretch. The Kings play at San Antonio Wednesday; while Sacramento can't kill anything the Spurs are fighting for, the Bulls and Lakers will be rooting hard for the Kings to knock S.A. down a notch in the race for home court advantage.

Sacramento basketball! Yeah!