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Monday, January 7th
(All times Eastern)
Memphis Grizzlies (21-10) at Sacramento Kings (13-21), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Sacramento Kings aim to stretch their home winning
streak to five straight games on Monday evening as they kick off their
homestand against the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Kings play the first of five in a row at home tonight and had to settle
for a split of their recent four-game swing due to Saturday's 113-93 setback
to the Brooklyn Nets.
The Nets started the game hot, shooting 71.4 percent in the first quarter and
led by as many as eight in the frame.
DeMarcus Cousins paced the Kings with 28 points and 11 rebounds and Jason
Thompson added with 15 points for Sacramento.
"I felt like the energy wasn't there in the beginning," Cousins said. "It hurt
us once again."
Cousins has done little to hurt his team since his team-imposed suspension for
conduct detrimental to the team. The center has recorded six straight double-
doubles, averaging 20.8 points and 13.5 rebounds per game in that span.
Cousins could be getting some help on this residency as guard Tyreke Evans has
rejoined the team after getting a second opinion on his sore left knee last
week. He has missed 13 of the past 17 games and is day-to-day, as is guard
Marcus Thornton, who has missed the past four games due to a sprained left
The Kings are looking to win five straight at home for the first time since
Jan. 14-Feb. 2, 2008. They'll host a Grizzlies team that kicked off a three-
game trip with Sunday's 92-81 victory over the Phoenix Suns.
Zach Randolph had 21 points and eight rebounds, while Rudy Gay finished with
20 points. Marc Gasol filled the stat sheet with 10 points, 12 rebounds, five
assists and three blocks for the Grizzlies, who had lost four of their
"It was a good game for us, from both ends," Randolph remarked. "We played
defense and we got off to a good start and we came out in the second half and
we didn't drop down or let them play up."
The Grizzlies had a four-game winning streak over the Kings stopped in the
most recent encounter, a 119-110 decision at Sacramento on March 20 of last
Thornton had 31 points, seven rebounds and six assists in the win, while
Cousins finished with 23 points.
Gay had 23 points for Memphis, which has lost 23 of its last 26 in Sacramento.
01/07 10:33:54 ET