Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) - Mike Conley poured in 25 points and his go-
ahead score with 30 seconds left helped lift the Memphis Grizzlies to an 89-87
victory over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday.
Marc Gasol had 15 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks, and his rejection of
Marcus Thornton's 3-pointer on the last play of the game preserved the
Quincy Pondexter scored 17 off the bench and Tony Allen had 12 points for the
Grizzlies, who moved to a game-behind idle Denver for the three-seed in the
DeMarcus Cousins had a team-high 22 points along with nine rebounds for the
Kings, who have dropped the first four of a five-game homestand. Isaiah Thomas
followed with 18 points and eight assists, while Toney Douglas and Jimmer
Fredette scored 14 and 13 points, respectively.
Memphis was up by eight with just under four minutes to play, but Sacramento
surged ahead, 85-84, with nine unanswered points. Cousins capped the surge
with a long jumper to give the Kings the lead with 44 seconds left.
Conley, though, answered right back with a running jumper to put the Grizzlies
ahead for good. After Cousins missed a layup at the other end, Pondexter sank
a pair of free throws to create a three-point edge.
Thomas converted a layup with seven seconds left and the Kings trailed by just
two after Conley only split a pair from the line. However, Thornton couldn't
finish off the comeback, as his attempt from beyond the arc was went straight
into Gasol's hand.
Memphis trailed by one with 3:45 left in the third, but pulled ahead 66-58
after Conley's 3-pointer capped a 9-0 surge. The Kings then trailed up until
they took the lead with under a minute left in the game.
Pondexter had nine points 14 minutes through the game, with his slam putting
the Grizzlies ahead 29-17. The Kings, though, countered with a 19-7 run and
tied the score at 36-36 on a layup from Douglas.
Neither team led by more than two over the last four minutes of the half, and
the Kings held a 44-43 edge at the break after Fredette's driving score in the
Memphis improved to 22-17 on the road ... The Kings were 7-for-25 from 3-point
range ... The Grizzlies' Zach Randolph finished with nine points and seven
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