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Conley's 19 points lead Grizzlies past Kings 85-69

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 18, 2013 at 11:16 pm •  Published: January 18, 2013
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"There's no difference," Cousins said of Randolph not playing. "They are still a good team, and they showed it."

Both teams started slow, but Memphis was able to build the advantage to double digits with a 10-0 burst to open the second quarter. During the span, the Kings missed their first 10 shots in the frame.

That propelled Memphis to a 42-30 lead behind nine points from Allen and eight from Gasol, who shot only 2 of 7 from the field. He was 4 of 7 in the second half.

No Kings players were in double figures in the first half, either, with Cousins leading the way with seven points. But Cousins was 3 of 9 from the field, part of the Kings shooting 29 percent from the field, including 6 of 25 in the second quarter.

"We weren't making shots in the game, and it kind of lingered throughout," said forward John Salmons, who had six points and four rebounds. "We just could never get in sync offensively."

The poor shooting continued for the Kings in the third period. Sacramento had only four field goals near the midway point of the quarter, all from Cousins.

Eventually, in the late stages of the third, the Kings would get over the 30 percent shooting mark for the game. Meanwhile, Memphis maintained its double-digit lead, once reaching 18 points in the third.

That helped Memphis carry a 60-47 lead into the fourth quarter. When Travis Outlaw connected on a 3-pointer with 8:40 left, Sacramento had gotten the Grizzlies' advantage under double digits at 64-56.

The Kings never could cut into Memphis' lead anymore, and Memphis was able to snap its losing skid.

"When you score only 85 points, you need to hold the other team down," Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said. "I thought we were fairly consistent throughout the whole game."

NOTES: The Grizzlies had not lost four straight since last January. ... Cousins entered the game averaging 19.4 points and 11 rebounds in the last five games. ... Speights started his second game of the season. He scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in his only previous start. ... The Kings have lost six straight in Memphis. ... In the fourth quarter, Memphis G Tony Allen committed a foul, but Gay stepped to the sideline to inbound the ball. Official Ken Mauer handed Gay the ball before realizing the ruse with an assist from Smart, who was hollering that it was Sacramento's ball. ... Kings G Tyreke Evans, who was 14 of 21 in his last two games, was 3 of 10 from the field, scoring eight points. . The Kings dropped their 10th game in 11 road contests against Western Conference opponents. . The Kings' 30 points in the first half was a season-low for a Grizzlies opponent in any half.