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Valanciunas records double-double; Grizzlies beat Kings

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Valanciunas documents double-double; Grizzlies defeated Kings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Jonas Valanciunas racked up a season-high 25 factors and also had 13 rebounds to balance out a late technological nasty and also the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Sacramento Kings 124-110 on Sunday evening.

Ja Morant included 16 factors and also 10 aids regardless of a harsh 7-for-18 capturing evening from the area. Dillon Brooks racked up 22 factors and also Kyle Anderson had 17 factors and also 6 rebounds for Memphis, which had actually shed 5 of 6.

“Our guys were great tonight up and down the entire roster,” Memphis train Taylor Jenkins claimed. “Our starters set a tone for us from the start. Our defensive activity set a tone for us offensively. Our bench came in, gave us tremendous minutes. Definitely one of our better games all around from start to finish.”

2 days after blowing a 20-point, first-quarter lead in a loss to the Lakers, the Grizzlies constructed one more very early benefit and also held up against a late run by the Kings.

The video game obtained chippy late, after Sacramento’s Chimezie Metu soaked over Valanciunas and also kept the edge with both hands. Valanciuanas remained to stand under the edge and also did stagnate to permit Metu to land.

With Metu still holding on the edge, Valanciunas showed up to obtain his left arm hooked around among Metu’s legs and also tossed him off as gamers from both groups ran in. The play was assessed and also Valanciunas was asked for an unsportsmanlike technological nasty.

Valanciunas was not provided to the media after the video game, however Kings train Luke Walton called the play risky.

Morant really felt Metu was at mistake.

“He went a little overboard. He got the dunk, probably was excited,” Morant claimed. “I felt like he wrapped his legs around (Valanciunas) and that’s a little disrespectful to a man. I don’t blame JV at all.”

Sacramento’s Cory Joseph likewise didn’t see it as negative.

“Jonas was kind of underneath (Metu), he didn’t want to go down and create an injury,” Joseph claimed. “They were both competing, playing hard. It is what it is.”

A couple of mins later on, Valanciunas soaked and also hung onto the edge for a number of minutes, although no person was near him.

Memphis had 7 gamers rack up in dual numbers, led by as lots of as 24 factors and also racked up 68 factors in the paint.

It wasn’t simply the Grizzlies beginners that attracted attention.

Xavier Tillman drove the lane for a roaring one-handed dunk and also Sean McDermott adhered to with one more dunk off a standard drive minutes later on.

The Grizzlies had actually not won in Sacramento because Dec. 31, 2017.

De’Aaron Fox had 23 factor and also 9 aids for the Kings regardless of not playing in the 4th quarter.

“I would have put him back in in a different scenario, if we didn’t have another game tomorrow, if we weren’t fighting back (from) 20,” Walton claimed. “There wasn’t a minutes restriction on him, I was just being careful.”

The groups were set up to play back-to-backs in Memphis in late January prior to the video games were held off because of COVID-19 concerns.

BROOKS FAST BEGINNING

Brooks, that had actually not racked up greater than 15 factors in 4 previous video games versus Sacramento, had 18 in 18 mins to obtain Memphis off to the double-digit lead by halftime. Brooks got his 4th nasty 25 secs right into the 3rd quarter, however returned to rack up 4 in the 4th.

TIP-INS

Grizzlies: Brandon Clarke returned for Memphis after missing out on 4 successive video games with an aching right calf bone and also racked up 13. … Brooks racked up 12 of Memphis’ initial 21 factors.

Kings: Sacramento missed out on 8 of its initial 10 shots. … Marvin Bagley III was claimed a 2nd successive video game with left calf bone discomfort. DaQuan Jeffries began instead of Bagley and also had 3 rebounds, however did not rating. Jeffries remained 21 video games this period with ankle joint and also back injuries.

UP NEXT

Grizzlies: Host the Pelicans on Tuesday. New Orleans beat Memphis on Feb. 6 and also has actually won 4 directly in the collection.

Kings: Play the Internet on Monday in the 2nd fifty percent of a back-to-back. Brooklyn has actually won 4 directly versus Sacramento.

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