It wasn't pretty. Often, it was downright ugly. But the result was something the Grizzlies had to view as beautiful -- a win, snapping a three-game stretch of humbling losses.
The Grizzlies took a double-digit lead in the second quarter and largely held onto it the rest of the night, beating the Kings at FedExForum. It wasn't the 32-point beatdown Memphis put on struggling Sacramento earlier this month, but the result was just as effective.
Neither team was particularly efficient. Memphis placed all five of its starters (including Marreese Speights, starting for the injured Zach Randolph) in double figures but shot 44 percent. Sacramento, led by DeMarcus Cousins' 22 points, shot 34 percent.
Asked about his team's defensive effort, Griz coach Lionel Hollins had a quick retort: "Well, when you only score 85 points, you need to hold the other team down."
Tony Allen drew the usual praise for energy and defense. Allen also scored 14 and had nine rebounds in his 36 minutes of play. "He rebounded the ball and he made some nice plays for us," Hollins said. Mike Conley's 19 points led the Grizzlies, though he did have three turnovers and was 7-for-16 from the field. Marc Gasol had a 18-point, 10-rebound double-double.
And Sacramento? Well, there wasn't much to speak of beyond Cousins. Former University of Memphis player Tyreke Evans scored eight on 3-for-10 shooting. Kings coach Keith Smart pretty much summed up the whole game, though he was only talking about his team, when he said this: "We just couldn't find the right energy or rhythm that we needed."
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Memphis Commercial Appeal | Jan 19