Kings don't have an answer for Mike Conley, lose 99-89 in Gay's return

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Rudy Gay came back and had a nice game but it wasn't enough to overcome Mike Conley's 27 points and the Grizzlies' tough defense.


0:57 remaining in the 4th 1 2 3 4 Total
Memphis Grizzlies 25 23 21 30 99
Sacramento Kings 24 22 17 26 89

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The Kings dropped their fifth straight game Wednesday night as the Kings offense slowed down in the second half and Sacramento's defense got ripped apart by Mike Conley and company.  Conley finished with a game-high 27 points and 10 assists.  Memphis as a team shot 54.7% from the field.

Sacramento was led by Isaiah Thomas and the returning Rudy Gay, who had missed the last few games as he rehabbed the Achilles injury he suffered last week in Houston.  Thomas got off to a slow start but finished with 24 points on 10-21 shooting while Gay added 23 points on 10-16, including two highlight posters.  Gay did have two costly turnovers down the stretch that allowed Memphis to keep the Kings at bay.

On a lighter note, the Kings possibly had the first female PA announcer in NBA history as Jaime Coffee took the mic for the ailing Scott Moak.  Jaime had called the Monarchs games from 2001-2009.

DeMarcus Cousins warmed up prior to the game but was not activated to play.  The hope is that he will be back on Friday as the Kings take a short road trip to Texas to play a back-to-back against Dallas and San Antonio.

For the opponent's perspective, visit Grizzly Bear Blues

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