Nursing a right thumb that kept him out of the three previous
games, Miller scored 22 points, including two straight 3-pointers
late in the game, to help the Kings beat the Grizzlies 104-96 on
With the score tied and the shot clock running down, Miller
connected on a 3-pointer with 1:02 left to give the Kings a 99-96
advantage. Following a Memphis turnover he made another one and
preceded to high five fans along the sideline after extending the
lead to six with 33.8 seconds left.
"It wasn't bad until they repeatedly smacked (my thumb) in the
fourth quarter," said Miller, who scored 12 of the Kings' final 14
points and had 10 rebounds.
After playing poorly at home through the first half of the
season, the Kings have made Arco Arena an unfriendly place again
for opponents, winning their last six home games.
"It was just a really good win to get," Kings coach Rick
Adelman said. "It has to help our confidence and make us realize
that we can be a good team if we keep playing the way we we're
The Grizzlies lost their 14th straight game in Sacramento. Their
last win came on the final game of the 1997-98 season when the
Grizzlies still played in Vancouver.
Memphis has lost three straight overall and 10 of 13 since Jan.
"We are trying hard to bounce out of this funk," Pau Gasol
said. "That's the only way we are going to do it. We have to win
one or two games, loosen up, and play with confidence."
In his first visit back to Arco Arena, Bobby Jackson had the
Kings wishing he never left. Jackson, who had only two points in
the first half, made four 3-pointers after intermission and
finished with 24 points.
"I tried to make it an interesting game, but Brad hit some big
shots," Jackson said. "We need to battle back and find some way
to get this thing turned around."
Gasol had 15 points, nine rebounds and six assists and Chucky
Atkins and Hakim Warrick each scored 13.
Martin scored 17 points in the first half and helped the Kings
take a 55-49 lead. He was 5-for-5 from the field, including three
Sacramento shot 57 percent from the field and made 20 of 23
free throws. Mike Miller, who had a triple double in Memphis'
victory over the Kings on Jan. 10, was nearly scoreless for three
quarters and finished with three points. Eddie Jones and Atkins
combined for 25 of the Grizzlies 48 shots in the first half, most
of them from the perimeter.