National Basketball Association
Sacramento 119, Memphis 110
When: 10:00 PM ET, Tuesday, March 20, 2012
KINGS 119, GRIZZLIES 110:
Where: Power Balance Pavilion, Sacramento, California
#16 David Guthrie, #32 Eddie F. Rush, #79 Kevin Scott
Marcus Thornton scored 31 points and DeMarcus Cousins added 23 for host Sacramento.
Isaiah Thomas had 18 points and seven assists and Jason Thompson had 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Kings, who have won three consecutive contests.
Rudy Gay scored 23 points, Mike Conley had 16 points and nine assists and Marc Gasol had 15 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for the Grizzlies, who are 4-28 all-time at Sacramento.
Sacramento had lost twice on the road to Memphis by an average of 25 points before playing exceptionally well and recording the most points allowed by the Grizzlies all season.
The Kings shot 53.4 percent from the field, had a 47-37 rebounding advantage and led by double digits most of the second half.
Sacramento held off a charge when Memphis pulled within 95-92 early in the final quarter by going on an 11-2 spurt to get the lead back up to 12 on Thompson’s basket with 7:09 remaining.
Tyreke Evans returned from an ankle injury to score 13 points for the Kings.
Tony Allen scored 14 points and Zach Randolph added 13 for the Grizzlies.
Thornton scored 19 points as Sacramento took a 66-56 halftime lead. The Kings shot 63 percent from the field and led by as many as 13 points.GAME NOTEBOOK:
Thornton is averaging 30.3 points over the last three games. … Randolph started for the first time in three games since returning from a knee injury. … Thompson had four consecutive double-doubles. … As expected, the Grizzlies signed guard Gilbert Arenas for the remainder of the campaign.
Top Game Performances
Rudy Gay 23
Marcus Thornton 31
Mike Conley 9
Isaiah Thomas 7
Marc Gasol 10
Jason Thompson 13
Rudy Gay 7
||Free Throws Made
Isaiah Thomas 8
Tony Allen 3
DeMarcus Cousins 4
Mike Conley 1
DeMarcus Cousins 2
Team Stats Summary
Sacramento will play their next game at home against Utah. The Kings have a W/L % of .471 after a win and .310 after a loss.
Memphis will play their next game on the road against Portland. The Grizzlies have a W/L % of .640 after a win and .474 after a loss.