Grizzlies enter Kings’ court
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – The Memphis Grizzlies complete a three-game
West Coast swing tonight when they enter ARCO Arena to face the powerful
After defeating Seattle, 98-97, on Friday, the Grizzlies were pounded by the
Los Angeles Lakers, 121-89, on Sunday evening. The Lakers played without
superstar center Shaquille O’Neal, who missed the game with a strained calf.
Shane Battier scored 18 points to lead the Grizzlies and Mike Miller had 10
points and 10 rebounds. Pau Gasol finished with 14 points, as Memphis lost for
just the second time in six games. The Grizzlies dropped to 0-17 all-time
against the Lakers in LA.
The Kings have been on fire lately, winning five straight and six of their
last seven contests.
Sacramento’s latest victory came on Sunday night when it defeated the Chicago
Bulls, 110-99. It was the second contest in an eight-game homestand for the
Peja Stojakovic tallied 21 points and eight rebounds to lead Sacramento.
Anthony Peeler added 18 points for the Kings, who have won nine straight
meetings with the Bulls. Bobby Jackson contributed 16 points, as Sacramento
improved to 7-0 at home this season.
Sacramento has owned the all-time series with the Grizzlies, holding a 26-6
record. The Kings have won seven straight and 12 of the last 13 meetings.
Sacramento has been even more impressive at home against the Grizzlies,
winning 10 straight at ARCO.
The Grizzlies are just 1-15 all-time in Sacramento with their only win coming
in overtime on April 19, 1998.
This season, the Kings have been the most potent offensive team in the NBA.
They lead the league in points per game (104.9), field goal percentage (.476)
and three-point percentage (.421).