Complete – March 25, 2016 – 10:00 PM ET – Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, California – Attendance: 17,317 – Duration: 2 Hours, 10 Minutes
Referee #33 Sean Corbin
Referee #38 Michael Smith
Referee #68 Marat Kogut
Player Stats
SGDevin Booker3426452139
SGJohn Jenkins2911280003
FP.J. Tucker284181021
FMirza Teletovic2612070031
CAlex Len2514270142
FChase Budinger246340030
SGArchie Goodwin231360024
GRonnie Price237530020
FJon Leuer167040041
CAlan Williams116051041
GBrandon Knight00000000
Player Stats
GRajon Rondo3021252141
FOmri Casspi307580022
CWillie Cauley-Stein2926063253
CDeMarcus Cousins28291110131
FRudy Gay2815352001
GDarren Collison2611333011
SGSeth Curry2612140111
FQuincy Acy1914070241
SGJames Anderson140130021
SGMarco Belinelli100200000
CKosta Koufos00000000
SGBen McLemore00000000
FCaron Butler00000000
Kings rout Suns to end home skid

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento Kings are going nowhere for the 10th straight summer.

The future of their head coach and top scorer are uncertain, and the team’s longest home losing streak in eight years brought boos from the home crowd on Friday night.

So they’ll seize any opportunity to enjoy a win, and Friday night’s 116-94 blowout of the Phoenix Suns brought a rare one.

“When you have your teammates screaming at you to shoot a 3-pointer, and you’ve never shot one in your life, that felt good,” Kings rookie Willie Cauley-Stein said after scoring a career-high 26 points on a night that couldn’t be stained by his two errant attempts from behind the arc late in the fourth quarter. “Really good.”

Cauley-Stein, a 7-foot rookie center who makes a living far closer to the basket, hoisted up a career-high 19 shots, all but the final two coming from close range. By the time he shot his first 3-point attempts of his season, the Kings were up 114-94 and he had 17 points in the second half.

He wasn’t the only Kings standout.

Guard Rajon Rondo put his name in the Kings’ record book with 12 assists, and center DeMarcus Cousins just missed doing the same with a game-high 29 points and 11 rebounds.

Rondo, the NBA assists leader at 11.9 per game, moved past guard Reggie Theus for the most assists in a season in Sacramento history with his 789th in the third quarter.

Rondo has at least 10 in a game 47 times this season, and with 10 games left, he has 795. Theus set the previous mark of 788 in 1985-86, the Kings’ first season in Sacramento.

Cousins fell a point shy of his 26th 30-point game of the season, which would tie Hall of Famer Mitch Richmond’s 1996-97 total for the most in any season in Sacramento history. Cousins did not play the fourth quarter.

The Kings (28-44) didn’t need him. They led 89-67 entering the final 12 minutes and never let the lead get below 18.

In doing so, the Kings moved no closer to securing the eighth and final playoff spot. They stayed 7 1/2 games behind the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference, but they did end a seven-game home losing streak that was their longest since November 2008.

“The home court has been a mystery that has frustrated everybody,” Kings coach George Karl said. “Tonight, we had some good balance with our defense, which we haven’t had enough here.”

Sacramento, allowing an NBA-worst 109.0 points per game, limited the Suns to 67 points after the first quarter. The Kings outscored the Suns by a combined 45 points in winning both matchups at home this season.

“The last home game was the first time I’ve heard boos by the home base of fans,” Cauley-Stein said of Sacramento’s 123-108 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on March 16. “It struck in the heart. This is the kind of energy we need to play with. We’re not playing for much right now. From here on out, we need to play for them.”

Rookie Devin Booker scored 21 points to pace the Suns (20-52), who played without guard and leading scorer Brandon Knight after he suffered food poisoning earlier in the day.

But Booker also had a season-worst nine assists, eight of them coming before halftime.

Booker, who like Rondo, Cousins and Cauley-Stein played at Kentucky, is averaging 22.2 points per game in March. He and Rondo matched up often Friday.

“To go up against an experienced guy like Rondo, things like that are going to make him a much better player,” Suns coach Earl Watson said.

Mirza Teletovic added 12 points off the bench but made just 5 of 16 shots from the field for Phoenix. Teletovic, who already has broken Danny Ainge’s team season mark for 3-pointers, was just 2 of 9 behind the arc.

Forward Quincy Acy scored 14 points, guard Seth Curry added 12 and guard Darren Collison had 11 for Sacramento.

NOTES: Back spasms kept Suns C Tyson Chandler on the sideline for the second straight game. The absence ensured that he will play fewer than 70 games for the second straight season and for the fifth time in the past six. … Kings C DeMarcus Cousins, the NBA’s technical foul leader with 15, played his eighth straight game without one. Cousins, who has led the NBA in technical fouls in three of his first five seasons, receives a one-game suspension if he’s slapped with another one. … Suns G Devin Booker trails only Minnesota C Karl-Anthony Towns in scoring among NBA rookies during March. Booker averaged 22.2 points and 5.1 assists in March entering Friday’s game, the latter figure also second among rookies. … How bad have both the Suns and Kings been on defense? Phoenix has surrendered at least 110 points in 28 of its 72 games, and the Kings did the same in 35 of their 72. They rate 29th and last, respectively, in the NBA in that department.

Seth Curry guides Kings past Suns

PHOENIX — Seth Curry is waiting for his chance to show what he can do at the NBA level. With five Sacramento Kings out of the lineup Monday, Curry used an opportunity as an audition.

Curry scored 20 points and added a career-high 15 assists, and a watered-down Kings team held off a late rally to beat the Phoenix Suns 105-101.

The younger brother of reigning league MVP Stephen Curry has bounced in and out of the NBA, including a 10-day stint with Suns last season. However, with the Kings playing without five regulars — resting DeMarcus Cousins, Darren Collison and Rajon Rondo along with the injured Omri Casspi (hamstring) and Marco Belinelli (foot) — Curry played 38 minutes and filled the stat sheet.

“The people who have actually watched me know what I can do and have seen this before, whether it’s the D-League or the (NBA) summer league,” Curry said. “I’m trying to take the opportunity that I get and show who I am. It’s nothing new for me. It’s just great to get the minutes.

“I had the ball and I was able to make some plays and show a different part of my game. The guys did a good job screening for me and finishing shots.”

The Kings (33-48) finish their season in Houston on Wednesday, with the Rockets needing a win to clinch the final Western Conference playoff berth and a matchup with Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors in the first round.

However, it was all about the other Curry on Monday. His first career double-double was the first 20-point, 15-assist game by a King since Beno Udrih had one in 2010.

“Let’s talk about Seth Curry. He had a highlight show in one game,” Sacramento coach George Karl said. “We talked about how we needed to get some passing, and Seth jumped up and gave them some solid passing; some spectacular passing.

“I’m really happy for him. He’s put in a lot of work. I’m sure this is very satisfying to him.”

Sacramento center Kosta Koufos had 19 points and eight rebounds, and Rudy Gay scored four of his 15 after the Suns cut a 17-point Kings lead to two with three minutes left. Koufos was one of the main beneficiaries of Curry’s assists.

“(Curry) is a heck of a player, and he can do it all. Shoot, pass … he’s got a bright future in front of him, Koufos said. “I’m proud of our guys. They’re playing hard and finishing the season off strong.”

Phoenix’s Mirza Teletovic scored a game-high 26 points, and Devin Booker had 18 of his 22 points in the second half despite foul trouble. The Suns, who missed a chance to win three straight games for the first time since mid-November, played without Tyson Chandler (concussion) and Archie Goodwin (ankle).

“It’s important we keep fighting through the whole game,” Teletovic said. “We really didn’t have the energy defensively or offensively. Once we get back to the way we’re supposed to play, we always get back in the game.”

Alex Len added 16 points and 12 rebounds, and P.J. Tucker (15 points, 10 rebounds) and Jon Leuer (12 points, 10 boards) also had double-doubles for Phoenix.

The Suns (22-59) trailed by as many as 17 and were down 94-79 in the fourth quarter. However, they reeled off 13 straight points, and Teletovic followed a put-back by Tucker with 3-pointer with 3:12 left to shave the Kings’ lead to 94-92.

Gay hit a 12-foot jumper on the next Sacramento possession and finished a Ben McLemore steal with a dunk to restore the Kings’ lead to 98-92 with 2:12 to go.

A 3-pointer by Teletovic and two free throws by Leuer got Phoenix back within 101-99, but Booker missed a 14-footer with a chance to tie, and two free throws each by James Anderson and Quincy Acy gave the Kings enough room to win.

“I feel like (making that shot) is what’s expected of me,” said Booker, who was 8-for-20 from the field and played 21 minutes in the second half with four fouls. “I’ve put hours in the gym. I’ve thought and envisioned that shot plenty of times, and for it not to go in is disappointing.”

NOTES: Sacramento coach George Karl on the idea of resting players with his team long since eliminated from playoff contention. “I’m not philosophizing about what’s going on in the NBA today; it just gets me in trouble. It’s interesting, and it probably should be discussed.” … Suns G Devin Booker surpassed the 1,000-point mark at 19 years, 162 days. Only Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and LeBron James reached the 1,000-point mark at a younger age. He is the fifth Suns rookie to score 1,000 points, joining Alvan Adams, Walter Davis, Michael Finley and Amar’e Stoudemire. … Phoenix SF P.J. Tucker recorded four of his seven double-doubles this season in the past seven games. He averaged 14 points and 9.6 rebounds over that span while hitting 24 of 26 free throws. … The Kings won at least 30 games for the first time since going 38-44 in the 2007-08 season.

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