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Grizzlies Finish Strong, Beat Kings 102-85; Thabeet Breaks 10 Points

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I didn't think that it would happen this season, but it did again. Hasheem Thabeet reached the decade mark, scoring 10 points with 7 rebounds and 3 blocks. Of course it's only because Marc Gasol is still out with a neck injury, but I'll take it as it comes.

Of course Thabeet wasn't the true story of the game, if there even was one with the Grizzlies well-rounded scoring. Zach Randolph contributed 25 with 12 boards and 3 assists, O.J. Mayo took a lot of step-backs to drop in 20 of his own, and Rudy Gay almost made it a trio of 20 point guys with 17. Even Mike Conley played a nice game when it came down to it, keeping surprisingly-sprightly Beno Udrih in check in the 2nd half.

But, as we've come to expect the bench wasted lots of the starter's solid play. Even though Sam Young and Marcus Williams were terrible, Darrell Arthur redeemed them a bit; he scored 9 points, but should have had more like 12 had his free throws not clanked, and grabbed 6 boards. Ronnie Brewer is still clearly working his way back into basketball shape, as he only played 11 ineffective minutes.

Because of the terrible play from the bench, this one was close for much of the game, but in the end a steady bunch of minutes from the Grizzlies top 5 guys just wore out the Sacramento Kings, who're still a little bit low on both talent and glue. Sactown put up a gutsy fight even without Tyreke Evans, and Carl Landry kept proving he's legit as a starter, but it just wasn't enough against the Grizz's scorers -- Hasheem Thabeet included, kind of.