MINNEAPOLIS – Ike Diogu had 28 points and 13 rebounds to help the Sacramento Kings finish a sorry season with a victory, 97-90 over the Minnesota Timberwolves in a season finale featuring two teams that started thinking about next season a long time ago.

Diogu topped 20 points in two straight games for the first time in his career and Andres Nocioni scored 17 points for the Kings (17-65), who had lost nine in a row and 16 of their previous 18.

Craig Smith scored 18 points in 18 minutes before fouling out for the Wolves. It was a fitting end for Minnesota, losing to the worst team in the league on its home floor.

Minnesota (24-58) finished with 13 victories on the road and only 11 at home, the only team in the league with a better record on the road.

AP-ES-04-15-09 2235EDT


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