Ellington leads Grizzlies to 113-81 rout of Kings
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Wayne Ellington made his first two shots and had a feeling he couldn't miss.
He was nearly correct.
The streak-shooting Ellington made 10 of 11 shots, including six 3-pointers, and scored a season-high 26 points, to help the Memphis Grizzlies rout the Sacramento Kings 113-81 on Monday night.
"I hit those first two shots and it carried over from there," said Ellington, who made seven 3-pointers earlier this year against Miami. "After I made the third or fourth three I thought they were all going in."
Zach Randolph scored 17 points and had seven rebounds in an extremely balanced offense for Memphis, which had a season-high for points. Mike Conley had 15 points and eight assists and Marc Gasol had 13 points for the Grizzlies, who outscored the Kings 36-20 in the third quarter to blow the game open and win their third straight road game.
Memphis had a season-high 29 assists and have held their last six opponents under 89 points.
"This is an especially tough place to play well and the Kings have beaten some good teams at home," Conley said. "It's nice to get a relatively relaxing win like this one."
John Salmons led the Kings with 17 points, Jason Thompson had 12 and DeMarcus Cousins had 10 and eight rebounds.
Sacramento had a season-low 28 field goals made and the point total was their lowest at home this season. The Kings shot just under 37 percent and were held to 36 second-half points.
"Our defense has been great of late," Conley said. "We have a core group of guys who communicate well and pay attention to detail at the defensive end."
Tyreke Evans returned to the Kings after missing the previous 11 games with a sore left knee. He had five points in 12 minutes in a reserve role.
"I was just waiting for the game to come to me," Evans said. "But unfortunately the game got out of hand. Memphis played hard. Their big men were dunking a lot and they made shots. They are a good team overall."
Besides playing well offensively, the Grizzlies did a nice job of containing Cousins. In the previous four games, Cousins had averaged 24.5 points and 15.2 rebounds.