Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 1/10

Game 1: Tuesday, January 10th
Game 2: Tuesday, February 7th
Game 3: Wednesday, February 15th
Game 4: Friday, March 10th

Grizzlies 96

(26-21, 11-13 away)

Kings 104

(21-27, 15-11 home)

Coverage: FSS

7:00 PM ET, February 7, 2006

Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA

1 2 3 4 T
MEM 23 26 17 3096
SAC 34 21 19 30104

Top Performers

Mem: S. Battier 8 Pts, 10 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl, 2 Blk

Sac: B. Miller 22 Pts, 10 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Blk

Miller hits two late 3-pointers to seal win for Kings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Brad Miller's injured thumb was put to the test by the Memphis Grizzlies.

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 Tuesday night.

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.

Kevin Martin scored 22 points for Sacramento, which won for the third time in four games. Ron Artest had 18 points and Kenny Thomas added 15 and nine rebounds. Mike Bibby had 14 points, 10 assists and seven 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 playing."

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. 14.

"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 3-pointers.

Game notes

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.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 96 104
FGM-FGA 36-85 (.424) 38-67 (.567)
3PM-3PA 9-27 (.333) 8-19 (.421)
FTM-FTA 15-24 (.625) 20-23 (.870)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 16-37 3-35
Assists 24 25
Turnovers 8 16
Steals 12 6
Blocks 2 6
Fast Break Points 10 10
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (1/0) 20 (2/0)
Largest Lead 2 19

Top Performers

Shane Battier Battier
Points: 8
Reb: 10
Ast: 3
Stl: 3
Blk: 2
Brad Miller Miller
Points: 22
Reb: 10
Ast: 3
Stl: 0
Blk: 3