Created: 11/18/2013 12:05 AM WHEC.com
(AP) SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Zach Randolph scored nine of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and also had 10 rebounds to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 97-86 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday.
The Grizzlies led by 20 points in the third quarter and survived a second-half rally by the Kings to win their second straight on their four-game road trip that includes tough games Monday against the Clippers and Wednesday at Golden State.
Marc Gasol had 19 points, nine assists and eight rebounds for the Grizzlies. Mike Conley also had 19 points and nine assists, and Tony Allen added 12 points.
Travis Outlaw scored a season-high 18 points for the Kings, who have lost two straight and seven of eight. Isaiah Thomas added 15 points and Marcus Thornton had 12.
Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, who came into the game averaging 22.8 points, had nine points in 19 minutes. Cousins and the rest of the Kings starters sat out the final 19 1/2 minutes.
The Kings cut the margin to 82-79 on Outlaw’s 3-pointer with 7:18 left. But Memphis responded with seven unanswered points for a 10-point lead, then put it away when Randolph’s basket from close range made it 93-82 with 1:29 left.
Outlaw, who didn’t play in the first half, made his first five shots before finally misfiring in the fourth quarter. He made 6-of-9 shots overall, including a pair of 3s.
Outlaw came off the bench for 11 points and Thomas added eight in the third quarter, when the Kings finally demonstrated some offense and outscored Memphis 31-27 to pull within 74-65 heading into the fourth.
The Grizzlies came out strong in the third quarter and built the lead to 61-41. Upset with his defense, Kings coach Michael Malone pulled his starters with just under eight minutes left. The Sacramento reserves outscored the Grizzlies 24-13 the remainder of the quarter.
Gasol had 13 points for the Grizzlies in the opening half, when they held a 47-34 lead. Cousins had nine points for the Kings, who shot 32 percent.
It was a sluggish start to the second quarter for both teams, who combined for nine points in the first six minutes of the period.
Despite the slow start, Memphis still outscored the Kings 22-16 in the quarter.
Notes: Patrick Patterson, who began the season as the Kings’ starting forward, bruised his left knee in Friday’s loss to Detroit and was unavailable against the Grizzlies. . Reserve guard Jerryd Bayless made all three shots and had seven first- quarter points in just under three minutes of playing time. . The Kings had only three points during a near 7-minute stretch in the first half. . An elbow from Gasol in the first quarter resulted in a cut above the right eye and 10 stitches for Kings reserve Chuck Hayes. He returned to play in the third quarter sporting a headband to cover the wound.