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Kings outlast Grizzlies in a physical game for second win under George Karl

Sacramento Kings forward Jason Thompson (34) reacts after the officials indicated the ball hit him before going out of bounds in the fourth quarter
Sacramento Kings forward Jason Thompson (34) reacts after the officials indicated the ball hit him before going out of bounds in the fourth quarter jvillegas@sacbee.com

All things considered, it’s better that it was a chair that dealt with the frustrations of DeMarcus Cousins.

The Memphis Grizzlies made it tough at times, but the Kings managed to win, 102-90, Wednesday night at Sleep Train Arena.

Cousins wasn’t happy about some of the foul calls against him. He would foul out with 16 points, nine rebounds and six assists in just 24 minutes.

One call had him especially mad, as you can see below.

After the game, which included him taking a couple elbows from Zach Randolph in the face, Cousins said rough play is part of playing the Grizzlies.

“Coming in against Memphis you know it’s going to be a physical game,” Cousins said. “How can I say this and keep my money. You know how it goes, so yeah.”

Coach George Karl was called for a technical foul in the third quarter for arguing on Cousins’ behalf.

One thing Karl has learned early on coaching Cousins is that the All-Star center takes a beating most nights.

Karl, however, was pleased with Cousins’ play, with stats that most players would consider a good game even though Cousins was below his scoring and rebounding averages.

As for the chair or Cousins’ emotions in general, Karl said he’s accustomed to coaching emotional players.

“(Cousins’) emotions, he’s one of these guys who wears them on his sleeves,” Karl said. “My preference would be he learned to control it but I’ve also had guys it takes a year or two or three to learn how to control it. Gary Payton didn’t learn how to control it early in his career. I’ve seen Sam Cassell when I had Sam and Sam would have emotional breakdowns throughout his career and now he’s coaching with the Clippers. DeMarcus has to continue to understand that we’ll get better at making him better but he’s got to play and make us better too.”

Overall the Kings (20-35) dealt with the Grizzlies (41-15) well. Except for the third quarter, where Memphis outscored the Kings 25-14, Sacramento controlled the game.

Rudy Gay had 28 points and six assists to lead Sacramento. The bench was productive with Reggie Evans grabbing 11 rebounds and Andre Miller adding a team-high seven assists.

The Kings still commit too many turnovers (21) but were able to still win by shooting 48.8 percent from the field.

Zach Randolph led Memphis with 20 points. Marc Gasol had 14 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

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