NBA Basketball

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Memphis 42 18 37 26 123
Sacramento 26 37 27 38 128
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7:00 PM PT8:00 PM MT9:00 PM CT10:00 PM ET3:00 GMT11:00 8:00 PM MST10:00 PM EST7:00 UAE (+1)04:0022:00 ET9:00 PM CT1:00 , January 2, 2020
Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, California  Attendance: 17,351

Brooks' vision 20-20 as Grizzlies face sinking Kings

According to STATS
According to STATS

Memphis Grizzlies at Sacramento Kings

  1. The Grizzlies are just 12-32 all-time on the road against the Kings, but they have been better lately: they went 1-25 in the first 26 of those games but are 11-7 in the last 18.
  2. The Grizzlies have scored at least 100 points in 13 straight games, the longest streak in franchise history.
  3. Brandon Clarke is shooting 64.5 percent from the field and 45.7 percent from three-point range this season. In NBA history, no player has ever shot 60.0+ percent from the field and 40.0+ percent from three over a full season (minimum 10 3PM).
  4. The Kings enter the New Year on an eight-game losing streak, their longest losing streak to end a calendar year since 1975 (10 straight).
  5. De'Aaron Fox has returned from injury, but the Kings have struggled this season when he plays; they are 3-13 when Fox plays this season but 9-9 when he does not.
  6. The Kings have five different players with at least 80 assists this season, tied with the 76ers for the most in the NBA.

Don't be surprised if the Memphis Grizzlies start calling a ton of plays for Dillon Brooks.

You see, the Grizzlies are 8-0 this season when the third-year pro scores 20 or more points.

Brooks will try to contribute to another winning effort when Memphis visits the struggling Sacramento Kings on Thursday.

Brooks scored an even 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting in Sunday's 117-104 home win over the Charlotte Hornets. But he insists there is nothing magical going on in terms of his output equating to another notch in the victory column.

"People say it a lot," Brooks told reporters after the win. "But I'm just out there trying to win regardless of if I shoot it well or if I'm not shooting it well."

Brooks, who is averaging 14.2 points, scored at least 20 on four occasions in December as the Grizzlies were a solid 8-8 during the month.

Memphis was just 5-13 entering December before a young club became more cohesive and began displaying progress.

"Everybody is just playing together," forward Jaren Jackson Jr. told reporters. "I don't think it's a matter of anything clicking more. Shots are falling a lot, and we're playing better defensively. That's a big thing. I think everybody is locked in defensively. ... Everybody is being a good teammate."

Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins noted the atmosphere around the team has been good -- win or lose.

"They are never satisfied," Jenkins said. "We can learn from wins. We can learn from losses. That's what I enjoy about this group. They just want to get better."

Meanwhile, Sacramento would just like to notch a victory.

The Kings have lost a season-worst eight straight games after suffering a 105-87 home loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.

Sacramento had lost its previous three games by a combined eight points -- one was decided in double-overtime -- before being outclassed by the Clippers.

The Kings were outrebounded 51-41 and had trouble scoring in the second (17 points) and fourth (14) quarters. The overall point total was the club's second lowest of the season.

"They pushed us around out there and they had their way," Sacramento coach Luke Walton said. "We have to come together and we've got to be mentally stronger, physically stronger and fight our way out of it. That's the only way to get out of this type of slump that we're in, and we've done it before."

Forward Richaun Holmes had a strong outing with 22 points and 10 rebounds for his fourth double-double in the past six games.

Holmes has made 53 of 77 field-goal attempts (68.8 percent) over the past seven games. He is averaging 17.7 points and 10.1 boards during the stretch.

Shooting guard Buddy Hield scored 20 points against the Clippers for his third straight output of 20 or more. The stretch comes after he failed to reach the mark in six consecutive contests, including efforts of eight and seven points.

"Buddy's effort was really good again as far as the things we talked to him about as far as being locked in on defense, communicating and creating for others," Walton said.

Walton said he would look at film closely to see what the coaching staff can do to improve chemistry.

"Nobody is coming to save us but our group," Walton said. "We're not winning games right now but I feel we're going to start winning some soon."

Jackson scored 18 points when the Grizzlies posted a 119-115 home win over the Kings on Dec. 21. Harrison Barnes led the Kings with 25 points.

--Field Level Media

Updated January 1, 2020

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