Marc Gasol scored 27 points and the Memphis Grizzlies won in Sacramento for the first time in 11 years, defeating the Kings 113-95 on Friday night.
Rudy Gay had 23 points and nine rebounds and Mike Conley had 20
points and six rebounds for the Grizzlies, who snapped a 20-game
losing streak in Sacramento. The franchise's only victory at Arco
Arena came in the final game of the 1997-98 season, when the
Grizzlies were in Vancouver and current Kings assistant coach
Shareef Abdur-Rahim was in his second NBA season.
Kevin Martin scored 31 points for the Kings, who have dropped
seven of eight.
The Grizzlies entered the game having lost three straight and 11
of 12, but took control early against the Kings, leading by double
digits midway through the first quarter and taking a 22-point lead
The losing continues for the Kings, who appear headed for their
worst season in franchise history, which dates to 1948-49 when they
were the Rochester Royals. The Kings own the NBA's worst record at
15-56 and are 10-25 at home.
Coming out inspired after a lethargic first half, the Kings ran
off 12 straight points to cut Memphis' 25-point lead to 13 in just
over a two-minute span. Martin continually found open shots scoring
12 points in the quarter, yet the Kings still trailed 82-67 heading
into the fourth.
The Grizzlies followed up a strong first quarter with an even
better second period, hiking their lead to 59-37 by halftime.
Conley scored 14 points and Gay had 12 for the Grizzlies, who
outscored the Kings 27-15 in the second.
Sacramento opened the second quarter missing nine of 10 shots
and quickly fell behind by 17 points. Martin scored 15 points in
the opening half.
Spencer Hawes had three fouls and zero points in nine first-half minutes for the Kings. He finished with nine points.
Darko Milicic missed consecutive free throws in the fourth quarter,
the second one an airball that barely grazed the net.
Bobby Jackson, who missed the previous four games with a fractured
cheekbone and has refused surgery, played against Memphis with a