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Originally published Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 10:12 PM

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Sacramento Kings fans rally as team wraps up losing season

The Kings ended what could be their last season in Sacramento with a loss to the Clippers.

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Kings' season

The Kings finished their 28th season in Sacramento on Wednesday.

28-54 Final record (did not make playoffs; went 8-33 on road)

17.1 DeMarcus Cousins led Kings in scoring this season (average points per game)

Local connection: Isaiah Thomas is a UW grad (averaged 13.9 points per game this season).

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Is this the end?

The chatter around Sleep Train Pavilion centered on that question Wednesday night. With NBA owners debating whether to approve the franchise's sale and relocation to Seattle, the ever-faithful fans of the Sacramento Kings pushed that uncertainty aside and did what they have done for parts of four decades during the regular-season finale against the Los Angeles Clippers.

They rallied.

Maybe for the last time.

Hope rang out in those trademark cowbells. Optimism showed through purple-painted faces and in the jerseys of players past and present worn throughout the sellout crowd that packed the 17,317-seat arena.

The Kings lost to the visiting Clippers, 112-108. DeMarcus Cousins had a season-high 36 points and a career-best 22 rebounds, while ex-Husky Isaiah Thomas added 15 points, but the Kings (28-54) ended another disappointing season.

"The Kings are like our stepchild," said fan Kenneth Williams, a Sacramento native. "It's like family."

This season's finale felt more like a pep rally.

"It's still nervousness, but it's a lot more confidence this time," fan Stacey Petit-Williams said. "Our city, our mayor, our fans, we've been here before and won."

CLIPPERS 112, KINGS 108

L.A. CLIPPERS fg ft
min m-a m-a or-t a pf pts
Butler 22:19 4-8 0-0 0-2 0 3 11
Griffin 30:37 3-10 1-2 1-4 2 2 7
Jordan 29:26 4-7 0-3 3-10 0 1 8
Paul 35:20 11-20 3-5 1-4 11 2 25
Billups 18:32 5-8 4-4 1-4 0 3 17
Crawford 30:30 9-16 0-0 0-1 6 0 24
Barnes 24:46 6-12 0-0 2-5 1 2 12
Hollins 18:23 0-2 4-4 2-3 0 5 4
Odom 17:26 2-4 0-0 1-8 2 2 4
Bledsoe 12:40 0-1 0-0 0-3 3 0 0
Totals 44-88 12-18 11-44 25 20 112
Percentages: FG .500, FT .667. Three-point goals: 12-24, .500 (Crawford 6-8, Butler 3-4, Billups 3-6, Bledsoe 0-1, Barnes 0-2, Paul 0-3). Team rebounds: 9. Team turnovers: 13 (11 PTS). Blocked shots: 3 (Jordan 2, Odom). Turnovers: 13 (Griffin 4, Billups 3, Bledsoe 3, Butler, Crawford, Hollins). Steals: 5 (Crawford 2, Butler, Odom, Paul). Technical fouls: Bledsoe, 9:10 second; Hollins, 0:07.3 fourth.
SACRAMENTO fg ft
min m-a m-a or-t a pf pts
Salmons 30:00 1-4 0-0 1-3 1 0 2
Thompson 25:34 3-7 2-2 1-6 0 4 8
Cousins 41:23 14-24 8-11 4-22 3 4 36
Thomas 42:57 5-17 2-2 3-4 10 4 15
Thornton 37:01 8-20 0-0 1-2 3 1 21
Outlaw 27:10 5-10 7-9 0-2 4 2 17
Fredette 6:52 1-2 0-1 0-0 0 1 2
Aldrich 3:42 1-2 0-0 0-2 0 0 2
Patterson 25:21 2-3 0-0 2-3 2 4 5
Totals 40-89 19-25 12-44 23 20 108
Percentages: FG .449, FT .760. Three-point goals: 9-26, .346 (Thornton 5-12, Thomas 3-7, Patterson 1-1, Fredette 0-1, Salmons 0-2, Outlaw 0-3). Team rebounds: 8. Team turnovers: 11 (16 PTS). Blocked shots: 4 (Cousins 3, Salmons). Turnovers: 11 (Cousins 3, Thomas 3, Outlaw 2, Salmons 2, Fredette). Steals: 5 (Thomas 2, Thompson 2, Thornton). Technical fouls: Cousins, 0:07.3 fourth.
L.A. Clippers 27 27 24 34 — 112
Sacramento 26 20 24 38 — 108
Attendance: 17,317 (17,317). Time: 2:22. Officials: Marc Davis, Bennie Adams, Derek Richardson.

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