Sacramento, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Conley passed Rudy Gay on the
Grizzlies' all-time gamesplayed list on Wednesday and helped Memphis beat
Gay's Sacramento Kings, 99-89, at Sleep Train Arena.
Conley finished with 27 points and 10 assists for the red-hot Grizzlies, who
have won 10 of their last 12 games. Zach Randolph scored 18 points and Marc
Gasol added 12 points, five rebounds and five assists for the victors.
Isaiah Thomas and Gay accounted for 24 and 23 points, respectively, for the
Kings, losers of five in a row and seven of their last eight.
Neither team led by more than six over the first three quarters, which saw
nine lead changes and nine ties.
Memphis took control in the fourth, forcing half of Sacramento's 12 turnovers
in the final stanza to snap the Kings' streak of scoring 100-plus points at
home at 13 straight games.
Conley came up big late.
Inside the final minute, the All-Star hopeful hit a 3-pointer to put Memphis
on top 95-87, then led a fastbreak that ended with him dropping off a bounce
pass for Tayshaun Prince for an easy game-sealing dunk.
Memphis led at the end of every quarter, albeit by slim margins. It was 25-24
after one, 48-46 at halftime and 69-63 heading to the fourth.
Memphis, which is 11-3 in January, closes out the month in Minnesota on Friday
... The Grizzlies swept the season series for the second straight year ...
Despite the recent success, Memphis has not reached 100 points in its last
eight games ... Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins sat out a fourth straight game
with a sprained left ankle.
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