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Tyreke Evans scores 26 points, Grizzlies beat Kings 114-96

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Tyreke Evans' decision to gamble and sign a one-year deal with Memphis this past offseason is looking increasingly more like a safe bet for the veteran guard.

His troublesome right knee is no longer bothering him as much, either.

Evans had 26 points, seven rebounds and five assists against his former team and the Grizzlies beat the Sacramento Kings 114-96 on Sunday.

''I love playing against the team that drafted me,'' Evans said. ''Most of the time when I (come) back I've played well. It just gets me going.''

Evans shot 10 of 16 and had five 3-pointers. He spent two stints with Sacramento and was most recently with the team in 2016.

The 2010 rookie of the year saw his stock drop after multiple knee surgeries that cost him 99 games over the past two seasons before he signed with Memphis. Healthy this season, Evans is looking more like his former self.

Evans has scored 20 or more in 19 games this season and is shooting a career-high 42.6 percent on 3-pointers.

''He's had that edge all year,'' Memphis center Marc Gasol said. ''He's had that same mentality so don't take it like he came in here and did something he hasn't done every game. He's come with that aggressiveness.''

Jarell Martin added 11 points and three others had 10 points apiece on a day all 13 players scored for the Grizzlies.

One day after setting a season high for scoring in a 141-128 loss to the Golden State Warriors, Memphis had another big offensive game in a blowout of stumbling Sacramento.

The Grizzlies scored 35 points in the first quarter and led by 14 or more at the end of every quarter. Wayne Selden punctuated the win with a dunk that put Memphis up 104-71 with 7:25 remaining.

''That's the growth we've been looking for in our offense,'' Grizzlies coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. ''For our guys not to hang their head and continue to believe in what we're doing, it shows the steps that we're taking.''

The Kings trailed by as many as 33 and missed 11 of 24 free throws and trailed for the final 43 minutes.

It's the second consecutive year that the two teams played on New Year's Eve. The Grizzlies won both.

Willie Cauley-Stein had 21 points and eight rebounds for the Kings. Buddy Hield added 15 points, and Garrett Temple had 13.

Mario Chalmers made a pair of 3-pointers and had eight points in five minutes during Memphis' 36-point first quarter and was involved in a strange sequence of events at the end of the period.

Frank Mason attempted a halfcourt shot at the buzzer and missed while being defended by Chalmers. After officials reviewed the play Mason, who was upset over not the call from the refs, was charged with a technical and Chalmers was called for a foul.

The Grizzlies led by 24 before a late Sacramento surge cut the gap to 64-46 at halftime.

''Lack of focus and lack of force,'' Kings coach Dave Joerger said. ''They looked at us and shot over us, and then looked us and drove around us. Each guy has to own their own stuff.''

OLD FRIENDS

Evans wasn't the only player facing his former team.

Zach Randolph, a two-time All-Star over eight seasons who helped Memphis reach the 2013 Western Conference finals before signing with Sacramento in the offseason, had four points and six rebounds. Randolph spent most of the game going against Gasol, his longtime teammate.

''So many thing go through your head, so many emotions,'' Gasol said. ''Truly a brother. We made each other better when we were playing together, we made each other better in practice when we battled each other. I miss him every day.''

TIP-INS

Grizzlies: Gasol was called for a technical foul in the fourth quarter after arguing with an official. ... Memphis shot 60 percent (12 of 20) in the first quarter.

Kings: Mason limped off the court with a bruised left heel after making two of three free throws on the foul by Chalmers. Mason, who appeared to get hurt a few plays earlier, did not return.

UP NEXT

Grizzlies: At Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night.

Kings: Host Charlotte on Tuesday night.

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Key Players
M. Gasol
33 C
Z. Randolph
50 PF
25.8 Min. Per Game 25.8
15.4 Pts. Per Game 15.4
2.3 Ast. Per Game 2.3
6.8 Reb. Per Game 6.8
41.8 Field Goal % 50.2
41.9 Three Point % 50.6
82.9 Free Throw % 76.7
  Team rebound 0:00
  Giorgios Papagiannis missed hook shot 0:00
  Offensive rebound by Giorgios Papagiannis 0:01
  Buddy Hield missed free throw 0:03
  Shooting foul on Ben McLemore 0:03
+ 3 Buddy Hield made 3-pt. jump shot 0:03
  Team rebound 0:10
  Wayne Selden Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:12
+ 3 Justin Jackson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Buddy Hield 0:38
  Defensive rebound by Skal Labissiere 0:44
  Deyonta Davis missed alley-oop shot 0:47
Team Stats
Points 114 96
Field Goals 41-76 (53.9%) 37-86 (43.0%)
3-Pointers 14-30 (46.7%) 9-24 (37.5%)
Free Throws 18-24 (75.0%) 13-25 (52.0%)
Total Rebounds 52 50
Offensive 6 12
Defensive 38 30
Team 8 8
Assists 22 20
Steals 11 6
Blocks 8 2
Turnovers 16 16
Fouls 21 21
Technicals 1 2
26 PTS, 7 REB, 5 AST
21 PTS, 8 REB, 1 AST
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away team logo Grizzlies 12-25 36282624114
home team logo Kings 12-24 2224173396
Team Stats
away team logo Grizzlies 12-25 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Kings 12-24 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
T. Evans PG PPG RPG APG FG%
W. Cauley-Stein C PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
T. Evans PG 26 PTS 7 REB 5 AST
W. Cauley-Stein C 21 PTS 8 REB 1 AST
53.9 FG% 43.0
46.7 3PT FG% 37.5
75.0 FT% 52.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Evans 25 26 7 5 1 0 2 2 10/16 5/7 1/1 1 6 42 +23
M. Gasol 24 7 2 3 0 4 2 3 3/9 1/4 0/2 0 2 17 +20
J. Green 18 7 4 1 2 0 3 2 2/4 1/2 2/2 1 3 12 +16
A. Harrison 18 5 5 1 2 0 1 1 2/5 0/1 1/3 0 5 13 0
D. Brooks 18 5 3 1 0 0 0 0 2/3 0/0 1/2 0 3 10 -6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Evans 25 26 7 5 1 0 2 2 10/16 5/7 1/1 1 6 42 +23
M. Gasol 24 7 2 3 0 4 2 3 3/9 1/4 0/2 0 2 17 +20
J. Green 18 7 4 1 2 0 3 2 2/4 1/2 2/2 1 3 12 +16
A. Harrison 18 5 5 1 2 0 1 1 2/5 0/1 1/3 0 5 13 0
D. Brooks 18 5 3 1 0 0 0 0 2/3 0/0 1/2 0 3 10 -6
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Martin 24 11 1 2 2 1 1 4 5/8 1/1 0/0 0 1 18 +4
J. Ennis III 17 10 6 0 1 1 0 0 3/4 1/2 3/3 2 4 18 +33
D. Davis 23 10 9 1 0 0 0 1 5/7 0/0 0/0 0 9 21 -2
W. Selden Jr. 16 10 1 3 1 0 1 1 3/7 1/4 3/4 0 1 17 +9
M. Chalmers 13 8 2 3 0 0 3 3 2/4 2/4 2/2 0 2 13 +10
B. McLemore 12 8 2 1 1 1 0 3 2/4 2/4 2/2 1 1 14 -9
K. Simmons 21 5 1 1 0 0 3 1 1/4 0/1 3/3 0 1 5 -6
B. Wright 4 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 0 5 -2
M. Conley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Parsons - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
V. Hunter - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Rabb - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 233 114 44 22 11 8 16 21 41/76 14/30 18/24 6 38 205 +90
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Temple 21 13 3 3 1 1 2 2 6/9 1/2 0/1 2 1 22 -21
G. Hill 23 9 1 2 0 0 1 1 4/10 1/4 0/0 0 1 13 -18
B. Bogdanovic 27 8 5 5 0 0 3 4 3/7 2/5 0/0 1 4 20 -16
Z. Randolph 18 4 6 1 1 0 1 1 2/7 0/0 0/2 2 4 12 -13
K. Koufos 9 0 5 1 1 0 2 2 0/4 0/0 0/2 2 3 6 -16
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Temple 21 13 3 3 1 1 2 2 6/9 1/2 0/1 2 1 22 -21
G. Hill 23 9 1 2 0 0 1 1 4/10 1/4 0/0 0 1 13 -18
B. Bogdanovic 27 8 5 5 0 0 3 4 3/7 2/5 0/0 1 4 20 -16
Z. Randolph 18 4 6 1 1 0 1 1 2/7 0/0 0/2 2 4 12 -13
K. Koufos 9 0 5 1 1 0 2 2 0/4 0/0 0/2 2 3 6 -16
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
W. Cauley-Stein 28 21 8 1 2 0 2 0 8/14 0/0 5/9 2 6 31 -12
B. Hield 30 15 1 2 0 1 1 1 5/14 3/7 2/3 0 1 20 +5
M. Richardson 18 7 2 2 0 0 2 1 3/6 1/3 0/0 0 2 11 +6
J. Jackson 10 7 1 1 1 0 0 0 2/4 1/2 2/2 0 1 11 +9
F. Mason III 4 6 0 1 0 0 0 2 1/2 0/0 4/6 0 0 8 -6
S. Labissiere 19 6 2 1 0 0 1 3 3/4 0/0 0/0 0 2 9 -4
V. Carter 15 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 0/2 0/1 0/0 1 2 3 -14
G. Papagiannis 9 0 5 0 0 0 1 1 0/3 0/0 0/0 2 3 4 +10
J. Cooley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Sampson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Fox - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Giles - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 231 96 42 20 6 2 16 21 37/86 9/24 13/25 12 30 170 -90