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Houston secures playoff spot with 116-81 win over Kings

The Bee's Jason Jones gives three takeaways from Sacramento Kings' 2015-16 season

These are the issues the Kings need to address if they're going to turn this NBA franchise around. It starts at the top, the front office needs to straighten up. Then the coaching situation - who are you going to bring in? - is important, but it d
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These are the issues the Kings need to address if they're going to turn this NBA franchise around. It starts at the top, the front office needs to straighten up. Then the coaching situation - who are you going to bring in? - is important, but it d

Player of the game: Houston guard James Harden had 38 points as the Rockets secured the final playoff spot in the Western Conference by dispatching the shorthanded Kings 116-81 Wednesday night at Toyota Center.

Turning point: Once the Kings decided to suit up only eight players, the game was as good as over. The Kings didn’t lead, falling behind 10-2 to start and trailing by as many as 30 in the second quarter.

X-factor: The Kings just didn’t have the manpower to make the game competitive. Between injuries and rest, the Kings were without their top six scorers.

Records: Kings 33-49, Rockets 41-41

Key injuries: Omri Casspi (hamstring), Marco Belinelli (foot) and DeMarcus Cousins, Darren Collison, Rudy Gay, Rajon Rondo and Caron Butler (rest) were all out for Sacramento. Eric Moreland (foot) did not finish the game.

Despite leading the Sacramento Kings to 33 wins this past season, George Karl will be fired Thursday as head coach. An immediate search by general manager Vlade Divac will ensue. Sacramento Bee Kings beat writer Jason Jones takes a look at why one

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