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Tuesday, February 12th
(All times Eastern)
Sacramento Kings (19-33) at Memphis Grizzlies (32-18), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Tayshaun Prince is starting to fit in with the Memphis
Grizzlies and looks to build on a strong performance Tuesday night in the
finale of a three-game homestand versus the Sacramento Kings.
Acquired in the deal that shipped Rudy Gay north of the border to the Toronto
Raptors, Prince scored 18 points -- the highest total with his new team -- in
a 105-88 romp of the Minnesota Timberwolves Sunday at FedEx Forum. Prince made
all eight field goal attempts, tying a franchise record for most field goals
made in a single game without a miss.
Prince is averaging 9.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists in his first four
games with the Grizzlies, who have won two in a row after a two-game slide.
The Grizzlies ended with a season-high 30 assists and converted 20 turnovers
into 26 points. Memphis had a 20-4 advantage on the fast break and outscored
the Timberwolves, 50-32, in the paint.
"I really think once we start moving the ball, it gets contagious," Grizzlies
guard Mike Conley said. "Guys want to make plays for one another. Tonight was
a great example of ball movement."
Conley, Zach Randolph and Austin Daye scored 16 points apiece in the win.
The Grizzlies continued to be dominant at home, improving to 20-8 as the host,
and have won 31 of the past 39 games at FedEx Forum. They're also 15-0 this
season when scoring 100-plus points and have held 43 of the previous 50
opponents under the century mark in scoring.
Memphis still leads the league in points allowed per game (90.0 ppg).
After the Grizz host the Kings, they will visit Detroit and Toronto.
Sacramento is in the thick of playing 13 of 16 games on the road and still has
seven of eight games to play away from California's capital city.
The Kings have recorded back-to-back wins, both at home, since losing four
straight and eight of nine games, and posted a 117-111 victory over the
Houston Rockets Sunday.
Isaiah Thomas and John Salmons both ended with 23 points, while DeMarcus
Cousins added 20 points and seven rebounds for the Kings, who used a 33-25
advantage in the fourth quarter to pull it out. Thomas and Salmons combined
for 27 of the 33 points scored in the final stanza.
Thomas has been a big help as of late for the Kings, averaging 19.4 ppg in
the last five games. He has 20-plus points in three of those contests.
"I thought we had the right pace, right activity in the basketball game,"
Kings coach Keith Smart said. "I thought we did a good job overall."
Sacramento is 5-21 away from home and winless in four straight on the road.
The Kings have lost the first two meetings of the season with Memphis and nine
of the past 11 matchups overall. They are also winless in the last six trips
to FedEx Forum.
02/12 10:26:50 ET