- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 28, 2009

SACRAMENTO, CALIF. (AP) - Marc Gasol scored 27 points and the Memphis Grizzlies won in Sacramento for the first time in 11 years, defeating the Kings 113-95 on Friday night.

Rudy Gay had 23 points and nine rebounds and Mike Conley had 20 points and six rebounds for the Grizzlies, who snapped a 20-game losing streak in Sacramento. The franchise’s only victory at Arco Arena came in the final game of the 1997-98 season, when the Grizzlies were in Vancouver and current Kings assistant coach Shareef Abdur-Rahim was in his second NBA season.

Kevin Martin scored 31 points for the Kings, who have dropped seven of eight.

The Grizzlies entered the game having lost three straight and 11 of 12, but took control early against the Kings, leading by double digits midway through the first quarter and taking a 22-point lead into halftime.

The losing continues for the Kings, who appear headed for their worst season in franchise history, which dates to 1948-49 when they were the Rochester Royals. The Kings own the NBA’s worst record at 15-56 and are 10-25 at home.

Coming out inspired after a lethargic first half, the Kings ran off 12 straight points to cut Memphis’ 25-point lead to 13 in just over a two-minute span. Martin continually found open shots scoring 12 points in the quarter, yet the Kings still trailed 82-67 heading into the fourth.

The Grizzlies followed up a strong first quarter with an even better second period, hiking their lead to 59-37 by halftime. Conley scored 14 points and Gay had 12 for the Grizzlies, who outscored the Kings 27-15 in the second.

Sacramento opened the second quarter missing nine of 10 shots and quickly fell behind by 17 points. Martin scored 15 points in the opening half.

Notes:@ Spencer Hawes had three fouls and zero points in nine first-half minutes for the Kings. He finished with nine points. … Darko Milicic missed consecutive free throws in the fourth quarter, the second one an airball that barely grazed the net. … Bobby Jackson, who missed the previous four games with a fractured cheekbone and has refused surgery, played against Memphis with a protective mask.

(This version CORRECTS Grizzlies 113, Kings 95. SUBS 2nd graf to correct to Conley with 6 rebounds sted assists.)

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