NBA Game Summary - Memphis at Sacramento
(Wednesday, November 5th)
Final Score: Sacramento 100, Memphis 95
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) - Kevin Martin poured in 33 points and the Kings finally broke into the win column by holding on to capture their home opener, 100-95, over the Memphis Grizzlies.
"It was a great team effort tonight and we executed a game plan," Martin said. "We tried to pack the paint and have them beat us by jumpers because they were not shooting a good percentage and we came out with a victory."
John Salmons tallied 21 points and nine rebounds for Sacramento, which lost its first four games. Spencer Hawes ended with 13 points before fouling out, and Mikki Moore controlled the inside with 11 rebounds.
"It's just a big win for us," Kings head coach Reggie Theus said on winning the home opener. "It's very difficult to start off the season (with) four games on the road without two players that mean a lot to your team in Brad (Miller) and Francisco (Garcia). (We came) back and played really hard and showed that there's some pride there."
O.J. Mayo had 28 points for the Grizzlies, who fell to 1-25 at Sacramento. Their lone victory at ARCO Arena came in overtime on April 19, 1998, the regular-season finale.
"They came out more aggressive going to the rim," Mayo said. "They went on a run and made some shots. We were at a disadvantage after that. We fought back strong in the fourth quarter but just ran out of time. We have to keep our hands off them and play good man-to-man defense."
Rudy Gay had 18 points and Kyle Lowry finished with 14 points and seven assists for Memphis, which fell to 0-3 on the road.
"(The defense) was softer tonight than it has been," Grizzlies head coach Marc Iavaroni said. "It had been very good. We can't worry about one end and not pick it up on the other end. They got penetration and we needed to cut that off."
Martin's jumper extended Sacramento's lead to 92-73 with 7:15 remaining, but the Grizzlies surged by scoring the ensuing 12 points, capped by back-to-back three-pointers from Quinton Ross and Gay.
Jason Thompson's gritty three-point play moved the Kings to a 95-85 cushion with 3:10 to go, but Memphis put in the next six, culminated by a pair of Mayo free throws with 58.8 seconds left for a 95-91 margin.
Beno Udrih then missed a long three-pointer for the Kings, but Salmons picked up the loose ball on the rebound and drove the right baseline for a jam with 29.7 seconds left.
Martin hit three free throws down the stretch. His final one tied current Kings coach Reggie Theus for the most points by a Sacramento player in a Kings home opener. Theus accomplished the feat in 1986.
Thompson had 11 points and Bobby Brown scored 10 for the Kings.
Sacramento led 24-17 after one quarter and led by the same margin (48-41) at the half. The Kings embarked on a 13-4 run in the third, widening the lead to 77-62. They were up 81-68 going into the fourth.
The Kings are 18-6 in home openers at ARCO Arena and have won 10 of their last 11 such contests...Kings guard Bobby Jackson, who played the bulk of his good years career in Sacramento (2000-05) before spending time with the Grizzlies, Hornets and Rockets, got a standing ovation when he entered the game with 2:55 left in the third...Kings center Brad Miller sat out the final contest of a five-game suspension and will be eligible to return Friday when the Kings host Minnesota.
11/06 03:54:33 ET