by Charlie O. Mallonee
The Sacramento Kings had to fly home from Memphis licking their wounds after losing the final three games of their four-game road. On Saturday night, the Kings dropped the final game of the road swing to the Grizzlies 119-115. The game was never as close as the final score might imply.
There were three lead changes in the game; however, the Kings never held the lead after the first quarter of the game. The largest lead of the game for Sacramento was seven points. The Grizzlies biggest lead was 17 points.
Memphis held a 10 point lead – 60 to 50 – at halftime.
By the end of three quarters, the Grizzlies were up 91-78 over the Kings.
The Kings made a big charge in the final period as De’Aaron Fox scored 14 points while Memphis went 12 players deep to rest their starters. Sacramento outscored the Grizzlies 37-28 the fourth quarter but came up four points short of winning the game when the final buzzer sounded.
3-point baskets made the difference
The Grizzlies hit 15 of 35 attempts (42.9%) from downtown in the game versus the Kings.
The Kings shot just 30.6% (11-for-36) from behind the arc in the contest which ultimately led to their downfall.
The charity stripe was unkind to SAC
The Kings went to the line 24 times but hit only 18 shots.
The Grizzlies went 24-for-29 from the charity stripe. Those six points proved too big when the final horn sounded.
- Harrison Barnes led all scorers with 25 points in the game.
- De’Aaron Fox – who got the start in the game – finished with 22 points.
- Richaun Holmes put up a double-double putting in 18 points and hauling in 12 rebounds.
- Marvin Bagley III also had a double-double game with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
- Jaren Jackson Jr. was the Grizzlies leading scorer with 18 points.
- Jae Crowder recorded a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
- Dillon Brooks scored 16 points.
- Ja Morant and Grayson Allen both scored 13 points in the contest.
The Kings return home to host the very tough Houston Rockets on Monday night.
The Grizzlies will host the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night.