The Phoenix Suns are having a major problem finishing out basketball games and now they will have to run into the suddenly streaking Sacramento Kings.
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When Jason Kidd hit his second three-pointer in a row to give Dallas a six-point lead with less than a minute left, the scoreboard at US Airways Center suddenly lost all power and went dark and silent.
Perhaps it was practicing for what will be a long, hot summer in Arizona. After a 91-83 loss to the Mavericks Sunday, the Suns are resigned to missing the playoffs for the second time in three years — with an improbable run to the Western Conference finals in between — and three bitter losses in the last six days finally sealed their fate.
Tuesday, the Suns pushed the Lakers to double-overtime before falling. Friday they had a seven-point lead in the fourth quarter evaporate against New Orleans. And then Sunday, on a night when they couldn’t shoot straight (1-for-16 from the field) but still led much of the night, the Mavericks put them away at the end with eight straight points from Kidd to turn out the lights.
Phoenix coach Alvin Gentry rewarded Gortat and Jared Dudley with starting assignments — or demoted Vince Carter and Robin Lopez, depending on your perspective — but a scoreless night from Channing Frye, another subpar effort from the struggling Steve Nash and a poor shooting night from just about everyone was enough to do in a lot of elbow grease. Now the Suns have nothing to play for, while the Kings are riding a winning streak heading into this game.
The Suns are 8-17-2 ATS in their last 27 games following a loss against the spread and the Kings are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall.
The Kings keep winning as the Suns have given up on the season.
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