The Kings struggles with closing out games recently has been well documented, but they've been fortunate to sneak away with the victory in most of those games. Tonight was different however, as they let a 7 point lead with 4 minutes to go slip away and turn into a 1 point loss.
Mike Conley was the hero for Memphis scoring a game-high 25 points to go with 6 assists.
The Kings got solid raw numbers for their big three tonight with Thomas, Cousins and Gay finishing with 14, 22 and 19 points respectively, but they were very inefficient from the field. Cousins struggled mightily against the reigning Defensive Player of the Year Marc Gasol, shooting just 6-20. Gay and Cousins had a combined 11 of their shot attempts blocked.
The Kings had a chance to win the game with 15 seconds left and got the ball to Rudy Gay who was either fouled or had the ball stripped away from him (it wasn't clear on the initial telecast). The refs called a jump ball with 1.9 seconds left, a cop out. The Kings had a solid plan for the jump (Gay would try to tip it to Cousins under the basket) but the Grizzlies were able to stop the ball from reaching Cousins. Mike Malone was incredibly upset at the non-call on Gay at the end, and stormed off the court yelling at Mark Davis that he was a coward.
Sacramento now gets a day off before heading to Oklahoma City.
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