OAKLAND, Calif., April 14 (Ticker) --
The Sacramento Kings were dealt a pair of losses in one night.
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The Kings struggled in a 97-91 defeat at the hands of the Golden State
Warriors, then saw the Pacific Division title slip through their fingers after their biggest rival
pulled off an improbable victory.
Sacramento (55-27) could have clinched the division with a
victory but continued to struggle, losing for the 10th time in
16 games. The Kings still had hope afterward, but the Los
Angeles Lakers defeated the Portland Trail Blazers on a
last-second shot by Kobe Bryant
Sacramento fell to fourth place in the Western Conference and
face the Dallas Mavericks in the opening round of the playoffs.
Sacramento never led after the second quarter but pulled within
93-91 on a layup by Mike Bibby
with 49 seconds left. Adonal Foyle
responded with a hook shot and Kings forward Chris Webber
missed a wide-open 3-pointer at the other end.
sealed the win with a pair of free throws with
14.5 seconds left as the Warriors (37-45) ended the season by
winning 12 of their final 17 games.
scored 27 points and Bibby finished with 22 for
Sacramento, which shot less than 40 percent (36-of-91) from the
floor and was outrebounded 57-46.