There was nothing pretty about how they achieved the outcome.
Then again, that was the beauty of the Grizzlies' 85-69 win over the Sacramento Kings on Friday night in FedExForum.
Memphis doesn't count on style points and needs to grind to get desired results. Or at least that was the consensus after getting blown out by 20 points or more in the past three outings.
So it took holding the Kings to 34-percent shooting for the Griz to end a three-game losing streak and their most embarrassing stretch of this season.
"It was important to get everybody back in a rhythm and get a team win," Griz forward Rudy Gay said. "I always expect this team to come out and battle and that's what we did."
Griz power forward Zach Randolph didn't play because of a strained lower back. Mike Conley's 19 points led the Griz, while center Marc Gasol provided more offense in the paint with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Randolph's replacement in the starting lineup, Marreese Speights, chipped in 10 points and nine boards.
All five starters scored in double figures despite the Griz's shooting just 43.6 percent.
"This was a must-win game," Speights said. "We knew (Thursday at practice) that we couldn't lose again at home or get blown out like we have been."
Grizzlies smother Kings to gut out much-needed victory
Memphis Commercial Appeal | Jan 19