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Kings lose second in a row, 97-83 to Grizzlies

Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay, left, shoots against Memphis’ Zach Randolph, center, Marc Gasol (33) in the first half on Monday, March 30, 2015, in Memphis, Tenn.
Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay, left, shoots against Memphis’ Zach Randolph, center, Marc Gasol (33) in the first half on Monday, March 30, 2015, in Memphis, Tenn. AP

Player of the game: Mike Conley led four Memphis starters in double figures with 18 points as the Grizzlies ended a three-game losing streak.

Turning point: The Kings never led, but they cut a 16-point deficit to 78-70 with 9:02 to play. The Grizzlies answered with a 13-5 run and handed the Kings their second consecutive loss.

Key stat: The Kings’ 83 points were their fewest since scoring 83 Jan. 16 in a loss to Miami. Sacramento also failed to surpass 100 points in back-to-back games since losses to San Antonio and Portland on Feb. 27 and March 1.

X-factors: Kosta Koufos had a game-high 12 rebounds to go with eight points off the bench for Memphis. His effort early on the glass helped the Grizzlies establish their lead.

Records: Kings 26-47; Grizzlies 51-24

Injury update: Rudy Gay left because of a concussion with 2:23 to play in the third quarter after Memphis center Marc Gasol accidentally hit him with an elbow. DeMarcus Cousins (rest) sat out the game. Memphis swingman Tony Allen (hamstring) is out indefinitely.

Up next: At Houston, Wednesday,

5 p.m., CSNCA

Jason Jones

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