Bane, Grizzlies confuse Sacramento 127-102, end 3-game skid
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Desmond Bane scored 28 points and the Memphis Grizzlies beat Sacramento for the second time in 10 days, beating the Kings 127-102 on Sunday night.
Ja Morant had 18 points, nine assists and seven rebounds to help the Grizzlies end a three-game losing streak. Jaren Jackson scored 21 points and John Konchar had his first career double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds.
“We were driving the ball in the first half, but the shots weren’t falling,” Bane said. “We stayed with it and eventually our defense turned into offense and opened the game.”
The Grizzlies defeated the Kings 124-105 on Dec. 17 at the Golden 1 Center and again won hands down to extend their winning streak against Sacramento to six.
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After Fox got up and watched after his one-handed dunk early in the third, the Grizzlies took control with a 24-5 run in just under four minutes. Morant had eight points in the blast and finished it by sprinting down the lane for an emphatic dunk, similar to Fox.
Sacramento edged closer to 91-79 early in the fourth, but Memphis made another big run and escaped. Anderson converted a three-point play, Bane made a deep jump and Morant added another dunk to make it 116-89.
“It was a collection of cycles, defense to offense, defense to offense,” said Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins. “The shots started to fall. We picked up our pace a little more on the whole pitch, but especially on the half court. on the third side (and) we were relentless on the boards. When we had those second-chance opportunities, we took advantage of them. “
Tyrese Haliburton had 18 points and seven assists for Sacramento, ending his four-game streak with at least 20 points and 10 assists. De’Aaron Fox scored 12 points on his return for the Kings after missing nearly two weeks while in NBA health and safety protocol.
Kings caretaker coach Alvin Gentry, who had also been part of protocol, lashed out at his team after what he called an embarrassing performance.
“He’s the most disappointed I’ve been in 34 years in the NBA, I can honestly say that,” Gentry said. “This performance was absolutely ridiculous. We didn’t play hard, we didn’t compete. We didn’t keep the ball, we didn’t keep the screen and the reels. We didn’t call. the game plan. No competitiveness at all. They basically played with us. I’m totally disappointed and everyone in this building should be disappointed. “
Fox, Marvin Bagley III and Terence Davis were allowed to return pre-match protocols
Even with the extra corps, the Kings struggled to keep up.
Fox threw up a pair of free throws and a layup to give Sacramento a halftime lead, but the Kings were outscored 40-27 in the third quarter.
Sacramento fell to 7-10 at home.
“I feel like teams come here licking their chops for sure,” said Davis. “It’s up to us to protect our ground. We have to fix the little things. No excuses. Once we’re on the same page, all on board, this team is very talented. It will come.”
Grizzlies: Before the game Dillon Brooks, De’Anthony Melton and Yves Pons entered into health and safety protocol. … Santi Aldama remains absent with pain in his right ankle.
Kings: Fox was called out for a technical foul after missing a shot midway through the second quarter. Chimezie Metu picked up one in the third. Both appeals were made by referee Cheryl Flores. … Davion Mitchell, Alex Len and Neemias Queta remain in the health and safety protocol.
Grizzlies: Head to Phoenix to play the Suns on Monday. The Suns won by 25 points when the teams played in Memphis in November.
Kings: Face the Thunder at the Golden 1 Center on Tuesday. Sacramento swept away all three games last season, but lost to Oklahoma City earlier this season in November.
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