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Monday, Nov. 8, 2010
Determined Grizzlies hold off sloppy Kings
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) A tough loss the previous night made the Memphis Grizzlies more determined to win Saturday.
Rudy Gay scored 32 points and Zach Randolph added 20 to help the Grizzlies beat the Sacramento Kings 100-91.
Mike Conley and O.J. Mayo each had 14 points for Memphis (3-4), which had lost three straight, including a 123-118 double-overtime defeat in Phoenix on Friday. Randolph also grabbed 11 rebounds.
"It was a must win," Gay said. "After last night, we need to come in here and prove ourselves. That game last night we should have had. Tonight, we wanted to make sure we came out to assert ourselves and make sure the outcome goes our way."
The Grizzlies have Randolph and Marc Gasol back from injuries, and their presence in the middle caused problems for the Kings all night long.
"We are full throttle right about now," Mayo said. "Earlier in the season, big fella (Gasol) and Zach were hurt and we weren't at full throttle. Now they are getting their legs back, they are getting into game shape, and I look for us to make a nice run."
Tyreke Evans scored 30 points and Francisco Garcia had 21 off the bench for the Kings (3-3), who dropped their second straight game.
Samuel Dalembert replaced rookie DeMarcus Cousins in Sacramento's starting lineup. Dalembert finished with eight points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shots.
Kings coach Paul Westphal said he knew the Grizzlies were coming to Sacramento to handle their business. The Kings turned the ball over 21 times after entering the game averaging 11.8.
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