NBA Game Summary - Sacramento at Memphis
(Friday, February 20th)
Final Score: Sacramento 115, Memphis 106
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) - Kevin Martin scored a game-high 33 points, and the Sacramento Kings got a much-needed 115-106 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.
Jason Thompson added 17 points and nine rebounds for the Kings, who stopped a six-game slide. Sacramento was without all its new pieces acquired before the trade deadline; the team sent center Brad Miller and forward John Salmons to Chicago in exchange for forwards Drew Gooden, Andres Nocioni, Michael Ruffin and Cedric Simmons. The team sent Ruffin to Portland for Ike Diogu.
Also leaving the Kings were forward Shelden Williams and guard Bobby Brown, who both went to Minnesota for guard Rashad McCants and forward Calvin Booth. In another trade, Sacramento acquired Will Solomon from Toronto in a three-way trade and waived guards Sam Cassell and Quincy Douby as well as center Mikki Moore. Cassell was acquired earlier in the week from Boston.
In all, the Kings played with eight players, and seven scored in double figures. Beno Udrih scored 18, Francisco Garcia had 15, and Spencer Hawes and Donte Green each added 11 in the win.
"We kind of came out and played with that mentality tonight," said Hawes. "We just had to stick together and I think everyone gave 110 percent for the duration."
Bobby Jackson contributed 10 points for Sacramento.
O.J. Mayo led a balanced Memphis attack with 24 points, as the Grizzlies were also without their new additions. Memphis traded reserve point guard Kyle Lowry to Houston on Thursday in a three-way swap that netted veteran center Adonal Foyle and journeyman guard Mike Wilks from Orlando as well as the Magic's first-round pick in the 2009 draft. The Grizzlies also acquired center Chris Mihm from the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for a conditional draft choice in 2013.
Rudy Gay provided 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Mike Conley had 16 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in the loss. Darko Mlicic scored 12, while Darrell Arthur had 10 points for the Grizzlies, who have lost four in a row.
"Those easy shots that we usually make weren't going down," said Gay. "I think it's probably because of our schedule. Coming off the All-Star break, having two away games, back-to-back, not many teams had to go through that."
Holding a three-point lead to start the fourth, Sacramento extended the advantage to eight on Udrih's three with 6:24 to play.
Memphis pulled to within five on a gay free throw, but the Kings made six consecutive free throws to take a 102-91 lead on Garcia's pair with 3:16 to go.
Mayo's dunk capped a brief 8-0 run to make it a three-point game with 1 1/2 minutes left, but Garcia drained a three and Udrih followed with a basket off a steal to seal the game for Sacramento.
Gay's seven points put the Grizzlies ahead, 28-27, after one quarter, but Sacramento rebounded to take a 54-50 halftime lead.
The Kings led by as many as eight midway through the third, but a 12-3 burst put Memphis ahead by one, 72-71, after Conley's two free throws. Sacramento regained the lead, 81-78, heading into the fourth.
Sacramento had lost nine straight on the road and 14-of-15 overall coming into the game...The Kings now have a 4-27 record on the road, while Memphis dropped to 12-19 at home...Sacramento's win snapped a six-game streak for the home team in the series...The Kings lead the season series, 2-1.
02/21 03:18:47 ET