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February 11, 2012
Kings fall to Suns, 98-84

Head coach Keith Smart addresses the media following the Kings' 98-84 loss to the Phoenix Suns.

Shooting a chilly 35 percent, the Kings finished with just two players in double figures and lost to the Phoenix Suns at Power Balance Pavilion on Saturday night, 98-84.

The Kings had trouble finishing plays under the basket, making just 17 of 42 shots in the paint. DeMarcus Cousins had a game-high 26 points and pulled down nine rebounds, and Marcus Thornton scored 21 points.

The rest of the team combined to make 11 shots from the floor.

Jared Dudley had a team-high 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Suns. Markieff Morris added 18 points off the bench.

Suns guard Steve Nash had 15 assists despite sitting out the entire second quarter after getting stitches for a cut lip.

The Suns made 7 of 9 shots to start the game and never trailed, stretching their lead to nine points at halftime and as many as 17 early in the fourth quarter.

"We just couldn't make shots; we couldn't make the finished plays," said Kings head coach Keith Smart. "Any break, any run that we had, we just couldn't finish.

"When you can't convert easy buckets, now you're going to take yourself out far on the floor to 20 percent shots, 30 percent shots," Smart said. "The percentage will always be against you right there, unless you're a great shooting team, and we're not a great perimeter shooting team right now. We're streaking on nights that we can get hot, but that's not who we are right now."

Guard Tyreke Evans made 1 of 9 shots and finished with four points and five assists.

The Suns, meanwhile, were able to stretch the floor with their shooters and give Nash room to operate when on the floor.

Center Marcin Gortat scored 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting and had a team-high four blocks as the Suns blocked 11 shots -- a game after the Kings had 17 shots blocked by the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Kings saw their record fall to 10-17 in their final game at home before a six-game road trip, their longest of the season.

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