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DeMarcus Cousins had a strong offensive game for the Kings. No one else joined him.
Here's the good news: the Sacramento Kings held the Memphis Grizzlies to 85 points in 88 possessions, and DeMarcus Cousins scored 22 points on 22 shooting possessions and added 12 rebounds, two steals and a block.
The bad news: every damn thing else as Sacramento lost 85-69 in a relative snoozer.
The Kings were just awful on offense, shooting 34 percent as a team with 17 turnovers. The offensive efficiency came out to 0.78 points per possession, which is pretty gross. The Kings hit two of 10 three-pointers and only three of the 13 players who made an appearance shot 50 percent. (No one shot better than 50 percent.) The starting backcourt (Tyreke Evans and Isaiah Thomas) shot 7-22. Their opponents Mike Conley and Tony Allen 13-27. Cousins was the only King in double figures; all five Grizzly starters scored 10 or more. The Kings had all of nine assists on their 29 made field goals.
The Kings scored just 14 points in the first quarter, 30 in the first half and 47 through three quarters. (Yes, 47 points going into the fourth.) But Memphis was bad enough on offense that victory was (remotely) conceivably until the back end of the fourth quarter.
The Kings roll out to Charlotte to face the Bobcats on Saturday. Memphis is a far better defensively (and overall) than the Bobcats, so hopefully the offense thaws substantially.