Published February 26, 2011
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Zach Randolph had 23 points and 12 rebounds, Marc Gasol added 21 points, and the Memphis Grizzlies pulled away in the second half to beat the Sacramento Kings 120-92 on Saturday night.
Both Randolph and Gasol were 10 of 15 from the field as Memphis shot 55 percent while winning for the sixth time in seven games. Darrell Arthur had 17 points, O.J. Mayo scored 13 and Hamed Haddadi added 10 points and a career-high 10 rebounds.
Beno Udrih led the Kings with 24 points, connecting on 10 of 13 shots. But for much of the game, he was the only one providing substantial scoring for Sacramento. Marcus Thornton finished with 15, and DeMarcus Cousins added 14 points and seven rebounds before fouling out.
The Kings dropped to 2-10 in February.
Memphis' win and Utah's 120-116 loss at Detroit left the Grizzlies alone in the last Western Conference playoff spot, a game ahead of the Jazz.
Memphis outscored the Kings 64-43 in the second half, with the lead increasing to 33 in the fourth quarter. Gasol and Randolph were part of an inside game that powered the Grizzlies to a 47-38 rebounding edge and a 78-46 advantage in points in the paint.
Shane Battier blocked three shots in the first game of his second stint with Memphis, which reacquired the forward in a trade with the Houston Rockets on Thursday. He also had two points, two rebounds and three assists.
The Kings played their sixth straight game without leading scorer Tyreke Evans, but Udrih and Jermaine Taylor helped Sacramento to an early eight-point lead. Udrih had 14 points in the first quarter.
But Memphis closed the first half with an 8-1 run to carry a 56-49 into the break. Randolph had 15 points at intermission.
Memphis outscored the Kings 33-17 in the third, connecting on 15 of 26 shots.
NOTES: Battier, arguably the most popular player to ever play for Memphis, was back in the No. 31 jersey he wore during his first tenure with the team. He jokingly wondered this week whether they had retired the number for Darko Milicic, who wore 31 when he played for Memphis after Battier was traded to Houston. ... Rookie G Ish Smith, also obtained in the Battier trade, was inactive for the Grizzlies. .. Sacramento F Jason Thompson departed with 2:24 left in the third period with a sprained right ankle and did not return. ... The Kings are 2-9 with Evans out of the lineup this season. ... The Grizzlies are 10-0 at home against opponents playing the second game of a back-to-back. Sacramento lost Friday night at Charlotte 110-98.