Sacramento, CA – It looked like another typical night for the Kings. An up and down game that usually ended with a loss. But tonight was different, Tyreke Evans coming off a thirty point game two nights ago continued his dominance in leading the Kings to their first win since defeating the Washington Wizards.
Last years rookie of the year resurface when Evans came alive late in the fourth with a steal and a dunk to give Sacramento a one point lead over the Memphis Grizzlies. But O.J. Mayo changed that quickly with a jump shot to take back the lead. As the clock begins to run out, Tyreke sprints up court and launches a miracle three point shot at the buzzer to beat the Grizzlies 100-98. An unbelievable win for the Kings and an incredible ending to a long losing streak.
“I just tried to get it off in time,” Evans said. “We practice that in shot around in the morning sometimes, I’m just glad we do that.”
It was a celebration that Arco Arena used to see during the Chris Webber days when Sacramento made it to the playoffs year after year. Tonight the win brought back a jubilation that was missing for years. Beno Udrih added 24 points with 6 assists along with Evans 21 points. But the performance from the rookie DeMarcus Cousins was also unforgettable.
Cousins coming off the bench became more aggressive in the second half to finish with a season-high 21 points and tied his season-high 16 rebounds. One of his best games this season, he matched up well against Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph who had a monster night with 35 points and 17 rebounds.
“I’ve played in some close games but this is probably the best,” Cousins said.
The best it was as Evans left the the entire Memphis team in shock as they assumed Mayo’s shot with 1.5 seconds left on the clock was their game winner. No one saw it coming nor did they think to guard him as he threw up what seemed to be an impossible shot. It was the first time the Kings won a game at the buzzer since former player Kevin Martin hit the game winner against the Sonics in Seattle on Jan 27, 2008.
“He hit a crazy three at the end and that was the game,” said Gasol
Written by: Malaika Bobino