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Martin, Kings snap six-game skid

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP)

Kevin Martin scored 33 points, Jason Thompson had 17 points and nine rebounds and the Sacramento Kings snapped a six-game losing streak with a 115-106 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night. Seven players were in double figures for the short-handed Kings. Beno Udrih had 18 points and six assists, while Francisco Garcia scored 15 points. Spencer Hawes and Donte Greene finished with 11 points each, and Bobby Jackson added 10. O.J. Mayo led Memphis with 24 points, and Rudy Gay had 23 points and 10 rebounds. Mike Conley had 16 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for the Grizzlies, who were stymied by shooting only 38 percent in losing their fourth straight. Sacramento built the lead to 11 with 3:17 left and had to sustain a late rally that brought the Grizzlies to 102-99 after Mayo stole the ball and scored on a dunk with 1:32 left. But Garcia answered with a 3-pointer on the other end to put the game out of reach. The Kings were so short-handed because of trade deadline moves and players in transit they had only eight players in uniform. Memphis shot well early to grab a six-point lead, but neither team could build much of a cushion. There was plenty of sloppy play in this matchup of teams at the bottom of their respective divisions. Players fumbled passes, there were shot clock violations and turnovers that came fast enough that the racing up-and-down the floor was reminiscent of a tennis match. Through the first 4 minutes of the second quarter, the teams combined for seven miscues. Also, Memphis missed 12 of its first 15 shots in the period. Grizzlies starters were a combined 7-for-25 in the half, including Gay going 1-for-8 and Conley missing six of his seven shots. The Grizzlies? ragged play, poor shooting and 10 consecutive points for Sacramento allowed the Kings to erase the Memphis advantage midway through the second, helping Sacramento take a 54-50 lead at the break. Martin led the way with 15 points in the half. The Kings extended their lead at the start of the second half as Martin continued to score, and Memphis not only couldn?t shoot well, but became lackadaisical on defense. Martin, the league?s seventh-leading scorer at 24.2, already had reached his average late in the third quarter. But the Grizzlies turned up the intensity enough to pull even, although Sacramento carried an 81-78 lead into the fourth. The Kings had built the lead to 94-86 midway through the fourth quarter, matching their biggest lead of the game at that point. Notes: Both teams had a bit of a different look because of trades this week. The Kings traded Brad Miller and John Salmons in one three-team deal, and Shelden Williams and Bobby Brown in another trade. The new Kings, such as Rashad McCants, Calvin Booth, Drew Gooden, Andres Nocioni and Ike Diogu had not joined the team yet. The Kings also waived Mikki Moore. ... Memphis acquisitions C Chris Mihm, G Mike Wilks and C Adonal Foyle also were not with the team. ... Thompson is the only Sacramento player to appear in all 56 games. ... The Kings were playing their 17th back-to-backs set this season. Sacramento is at Dallas on Saturday night. ... Officials reviewed Donte Greene?s 3-pointer at the end of the first quarter before confirming that the basket was before the horn. They also reviewed Bobby Jackson?s shot just before halftime and ruled it good. ... Kings interim coach Kenny Natt is now 6-26.
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