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Memphis Grizzlies end the game just a shade less ugly than the Sacramento Kings to go over .500

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Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports


Final - 1.17.2014 1 2 3 4 Total
Sacramento Kings 21 21 29 19 90
Memphis Grizzlies 20 24 28 19 91

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Whew, what a game. It was about as pretty as the game in Milwaukee last night, but the Grizzlies made some clutch plays at the end of the game to just barely finish off the Kings.

The Grizzlies regained their leash control over Rudy Gay, and while he had a great night statistically, Memphis completely took him over in crunch time when the ball always goes Rudy's way.

Semi-Shouldn't-Be-A-Surprise of the Night

Whereas we've recently seen the bench takeover momentum and provide an advantage for the Grizzlies, it was the starters, led by Mike Conley (statistically) and Marc Gasol (fundamentally), that brought the Grizzlies out of a brick-filled funk in the 4th Q.

Great Stats of the Game

Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph with 4 blocks a piece.

Where'd ya go?

Ed Davis with just 12 minute and 3 pts tonight

Not-Entirely-Pity-Drive-Honorable-Mention

Nick Calathes. You see what he can do with a little confidence to the start of his games.

Consistently where we need you

Courtney Lee with another 17 points and James Johnson bringing some hustle with a steal and two blocks, although it wasn't JJ's best night in his career.

Summing it up

That was the usual heart attack Grizzlies I'm used to seeing, I'm not sure I mean that in a good or bad way, but it's at least familiar to me.

Up Next: MLK Game on Monday vs the New Orleans Pelicans

Stay tuned for a full recap from Keith Edwards!