MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Rudy Gay scored 24 points, O.J. Mayo added
20 and the Memphis Grizzlies beat Sacramento 116-105 on Monday
night, sending the Kings to their fourth straight loss.
Marc Gasol finished with 18 points and four blocks for Memphis,
which won for the fourth time in the last five games. Zach Randolph
had 16 and Mike Conley added 11 points and seven assists.
Rookie Tyreke Evans led the Kings with 28 points, connecting on
10-of-18 from the field, and Sergio Rodriguez had 16 points and
seven assists. Omri Casspi, the rookie from Israel, scored 15 and
Donte Greene had 11.
Memphis led from start to finish, building the advantage to as
many as 21.
Evans has scored 20-plus points in seven straight games in which
he's played. He missed the Kings loss at Houston on Saturday with
an injured right middle finger.
Both teams shot well from the field as Memphis connected on 54
percent of its shots while Sacramento made 50 percent.
The Grizzlies led by 10 at the half and extended the advantage
to 86-69 in the third period. The Kings were able to chip away and
used an 11-4 run to make it 103-94, but Gay answered with a
3-pointer and Mayo added a jumper to put the game away.
The game included Grizzlies center Hamed Haddadi, the first NBA
player from Iran, and Casspi, the first Israeli player in the
league. The two shook hands at midcourt before the game. Casspi
wouldn't be around at the end. He and Gay received a double
technical when they got tangled up late in the first half.
Then he was called for a second technical when he got caught up
with Memphis guard Jamaal Tinsley in the fourth, sending Casspi to
the locker room.
Notes: Evans drew a lot of pre-game attention from the media and
early-arriving fans. Evans played his only season of college ball
for the University of Memphis. The game featured the NBA's least
experienced teams. The Grizzlies" average is 3.13 years, the
youngest in the league, while the Kings are second with an average
experience of 3.43. ... ...Tinsley scored early in the second
quarter, his first points since the middle of the 2007-08 season.
Tinsley, signed by the Grizzlies Nov. 14, had not scored in his
first two games with Memphis. He finished with 7 points. ... Late
in the first half, the Kings had their International team on the
floor with all five players coming from different countries: Casspi
from Israel, Andres Nocioni from Argentina, Beno Udrih from
Slovenia, Sergio Rodriguez of Spain and Spencer Hawes from the
The Grizzlies, now 5-9, take off on a 5-game West Coast road trip beginning Wednesday at the Phoenix Suns.