The Kings started off their first true road trip of the 2011-2012 season with a bang, getting their second victory of the season to open the roadie in Minneapolis, but things quickly turned sour the following night as they were drubbed in Chicago by Derrick Rose and company. How did the finale of the road trip in Memphis go? Better than anybody expected.
A first half onslaught at the hands of DeMarcus Cousins, J.J. Hickson and Tyreke Evans all but did in the Grizzlies early who found themselves trailing by 16 at the half. A suspect third quarter by both squads did little to remove that lead (the Kings actually extended it by one) and despite Memphis’ valiant effort in the fourth, the 17 point lead was far too much to overcome as the Kings defeated the said Grizzlies by 9.
DeMarcus Cousins had his best game of the season by far, putting up an impressive 20/10 on 9 of 10 from the floor and also gave Zach Randolph fits on the defensive end, who struggled to a 5 of 17 night. In addition to Cousins, Tyreke Evans and and J.J. Hickson both had solid games, Hickson just missing another double-double while Evans put up 17 in only 25 minutes (foul trouble and big lead). Jimmer Fredette also had an impactful game despite the shooting struggles from beyond the arc, finishing with a season high seven assists.
The story of the game though came on defense, where the Kings were smothering from the tip to the final horn, despite their late lackadaisical fourth quarter when the game was far out of reach.
Sitting currently at 3-5, the Kings now travel home for one game before heading back out onto the road for a Texas two-step in Dallas and San Antonio.