Gasol, Conley lead Grizzlies past Kings, 108-101

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 12, 2013 at 11:20 pm •  Published: February 12, 2013
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DeMarcus Cousins scored 23 points and Tyreke Evans had 20 for the Kings, who were attempting to win three straight for the first time in more than two months.

Bayless made a 3-pointer in the closing seconds of the third quarter to give Memphis an 84-73 lead. The Grizzlies boosted their advantage to 13 on several occasions early in the fourth and withstood a late comeback try by the Kings, who pulled to 99-93 with 4:19 to go on a layup by Evans.

Memphis recovered as Gasol and Conley combined to score the team's final nine points. Conley made four free throws and a runner in the lane and Gasol hit a free throw and field goal.

"(Our) mistakes were higher in the third quarter and that's where the separation of the game came from," Kings coach Keith Smart said. "I thought (our) guys did everything they could to put themselves in position to win."

NOTES: Grizzlies reserve forward Quincy Pondexter, who returned Sunday in a win over Minnesota after missing 22 games with a sprained left MCL, did not play against the Kings. Memphis coach Lionel Hollins preferred to give him additional time to recover. "I'm just ready to get healthy so I can be able to produce for my team," Pondexter said. ... Since acquiring Tayshaun Prince, Austin Daye and Ed Davis in a late-January trade, the Grizzlies have become more efficient distributing the ball. The Grizzlies have assisted on more than 60 percent of their field goals (142 of 227) during the six-game stretch. Memphis ranked 25th in the league in assists-to-field goals in the 45 games before the trade. ... Sacramento is 5-22 on the road this season. ... Memphis improved to 16-0 this season when scoring 100 or more points.