TORONTO (AP) – Dillon Brooks scored 21 points, Desmond Bane added 18 and the Memphis Grizzlies took advantage of Sacramento’s poor shooting to beat the Kings 128-101 on Sunday.
Jaren Jackson Jr. had 17 points and nine rebounds and Brandon Clarke scored 15 points to help Memphis come out of a two-game losing streak.
Buddy Hield led the Kings’ offense with 14 points, but made just five of 17 shots from the field, including eight missed 3s on nine attempts. Terence Davis had 13 points and De’Aaron Fox added 12, but made just four of 12 shots from the field, all part of a Kings performance in which he made only 34% of his shots – nine of 42 from long range.
Memphis had its first engagement without leading scorer Ja Morant, who sprained his left knee Friday night in a loss to the Atlanta Hawks. That gave Memphis the responsibility to make up for the absence of its star. Bane and Brooks took on the role with the help of the Grizzlies bench, who hit 16 of 21 shots from the field in the first half.
By halftime, Sacramento had hit just 35% of its shots and only five of 34 3-point attempts. The 76-52 lead after two quarters represented the most points Memphis has scored in one half this season.