If anything, the Kings usually play inspired basketball at home.
And after a four-game trip, they saw their return to Sacramento as a chance to continue the many positive trends they experienced on the road.
But the Kings were run off the court by the Memphis Grizzlies, 113-81, Monday night at Sleep Train Arena.
It was the largest margin of defeat at home this season for the Kings, who had won four consecutive home games.
The Kings shot 36.8 percent, making a season-low 28 baskets in 76 attempts.
The point total also was their lowest at home this season. The previous low was 86 on Nov. 9 against San Antonio and Nov. 13 against Portland.
"That was obviously not the welcome-home party we wanted," Kings coach Keith Smart said.
The Kings have dropped their last two games by a total of 52 points.
As in Saturday's loss at Brooklyn, the opposing bench led a scoring barrage the Kings could not answer.
This time, backup guard Wayne Ellington torched the Kings. The fourth-year guard from North Carolina scored a career-high 26 points on 10-of-11 shooting.
Ellington went 6 for 7 on three-pointers. He scored 19 points in the second half, when the Grizzlies outscored the Kings 62-36.
"We always prepare for everybody, but he made some big shots," Smart said. "You don't account for the fact that he's going to have a 26-point game, but we prepare for everyone on the roster."
Things fell apart for the Kings in the third quarter. The Grizzlies opened the quarter on a 24-10 run to take a 75-55 lead with 3:49 left.
Ellington, who scored 10 points in the third quarter, said he had a feeling he would be hot after intermission.
"I hit my first two shots," Ellington said. "I started feeling pretty good from there, so it just carried over to the second half."
The Kings couldn't slow Ellington or many of the Grizzlies (22-10), who shot 48.8 percent.
It was the second consecutive game in which the Kings allowed the opponent to shoot well. Before Brooklyn shot 51.8 percent Saturday, the Kings allowed Cleveland and Toronto to shoot 39.1 percent and 38 percent, respectively, and won both games.
"Our defense was kind of soft," forward John Salmons said. "Our last two games, our defense hasn't been how it's been all year. We'd been playing hard on defense, rotating well. The last two games, we haven't been doing that."
Tyreke Evans played 12 minutes off the bench in his first game back after missing the previous 11 with a sore left knee. He had five points, one rebound, one assist and one blocked shot.
Evans said there was no soreness after the game and that he looked forward to today's practice. He is also looking forward to his role increasing.
"I feel I can go whatever, however many minutes I need to go," Evans said. "I wasn't tired at all, and I felt good. I wasn't in pain or anything like that."
Salmons led the Kings (13-22) with 17 points, and rookie Thomas Robinson had a season-high 12 rebounds.
DeMarcus Cousins had been on a tear in his previous four games but was limited to 10 points and eight rebounds with four turnovers.