Kevin Martin went 7-of-13 from the field and 4-of-6 from 3-point range on his way to 23 points and five rebounds before leaving with an ankle injury, but Sacramento came up short in a 105-98 home loss to Phoenix on Saturday. John Salmons scored 20 points as he went 9-of-14 from the field. Ron Artest posted 16 points and six rebounds and Kenny Thomas added 11 and 13 as six Kings scored in double figures.
Kevin Martin shot seven of 13 on the night, including four of six from long range. Martin scored 23 points in three quarters and came up limping late in the third. He appeared to come down badly on Boris Diaw's foot and was mum on the right ankle sprain after the game.
"It's as good as it can be," Martin said solemnly. "I'll have to see how it feels in the morning."
"Down the stretch it's obvious that the way Kevin was playing, we could have used his points," Musselman said.
Martin wasn't happy with his ankle's situation, but he still liked the way his team fought hard to the end with the Suns.
"We played well tonight," Martin said. "There were a lot of loose balls out there and we tried to get every one. In a game like this it probably decided it."