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  • SACRAMENTO, Calif. Cheap Kyrie Irving Shoes . - The Memphis Grizzlies left nothing to chance against the Sacramento Kings this time.Less than three weeks since their disputed win in Memphis, the Grizzlies started fast and closed with a flurry to beat the short-handed Sacramento Kings 97-85 on Sunday for their fifth straight win.It was important for us to come out strong. We did, Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger said. It was just a good game for us mentally to push through and finish in the second half.Zach Randolph had 22 points and 12 rebounds, and Marc Gasol added 18 points and six rebounds to help the Grizzlies hold off a late rally on the road.The frontcourt tandem took advantage of a Sacramento team playing without centre DeMarcus Cousins, who missed his second straight game because of a virus. Memphis built a 21-point lead in the second quarter and pulled away again in the fourth to stretch its NBA-best record to 15-2.I think everybody came into training camp with that mindset of coming in and being aggressive from the get-go and being the team that we want to be, Gasol said.So far, so good.Rudy Gay scored 20 points and reserve Reggie Evans finished with 17 points and 20 rebounds as Sacramento (9-8) lost its third game in a row.The Kings closed the deficit to 79-76 midway through the fourth quarter before Memphis went on a 19-6 run behind a dominating defensive effort and near-mistake-free execution. The Grizzlies outshot the Kings 48 per cent to 47 per cent. Memphis had 23 turnovers, while Sacramento had 13.At some point we have to find a way to stop beating ourselves, Kings coach Michael Malone said.The second meeting between the Grizzlies and Kings this season had a lot less drama than the first.The Grizzlies rallied from 26 points down to beat the Kings 111-110 on Nov. 13 in Memphis. The Kings protested the outcome, arguing that Courtney Lees game-winning shot should not have counted because it came after time expired.The NBA said Friday that Commissioner Adam Silver determined the officials call was correct and not a misapplication of the playing rules.Without Cousins clogging the middle, the Grizzlies had all kinds of room to roam in the rematch.Randolph and Gasol gobbled up rebounds on both ends, and Mike Conley and company dribbled through the lane with relative ease. Memphis also turned its swarming defence into easy transition baskets, opening a 51-30 lead in the second quarter that set off light boos from the crowd.Things seemed to get more complicated for the Kings when Ryan Hollins, who started in Cousins place, was ejected in the third quarter after receiving his second technical foul. Instead, the seldom-used Evans sparked Sacramento back, getting Gasol in foul trouble and slicing Memphis lead to 74-65 heading to the fourth.We made a run at it, Gay said, but if we hadnt built that hole so deep in the first half we probably would have been in a better position.TIP-INSGrizzlies: Memphis improved to 7-2 on the road. ... Tony Allen added 13 points and three rebounds, Lee scored 11 and Conley finished with 10 points and six assists.Kings: Malone said the team is hopeful Cousins will not miss any more time with the illness. ... Ben McLemore had 18 points, and Darren Collison added 16 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.HACK-A-TONYThe Kings intentionally fouled Allen on consecutive possessions with less than 4 minutes to play. Allen missed the first two and made the second pair. You see they stopped right after I hit them two, so that wasnt a good idea, Allen said.EVANS BREAKOUTEvans had not played in the last seven games. He shot 7 of 10 from the floor in nearly 35 minutes. Well, I aint no rookie or nothing. I have 13 years in the league, Evans said. They shoot just like I shoot and they play defence just like I play it. They are human just like me. There is no sense in being scared.UP NEXTGrizzlies: At Houston on Wednesday.Kings: Host Toronto on Tuesday. Kyrie Irving Shoes Outlet . Gonzalez participated in his final game on Sunday, Atlantas 21-20 defeat at the hands of the NFC South champion Carolina Panthers, having posted four catches for 46 yards. Kyrie Irving Shoes For Sale . His actions are much louder on the Fenway Park mound. De La Rosa had another strong home start, going seven solid innings to lift the Boston Red Sox to a 2-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday night.RENTON, Wash. -- Earl Thomas is the latest member of the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks to be locked up for the future. The best free safety in the NFL is getting rewarded quite well. Thomas and the Seahawks reached agreement Monday on a $40 million, four-year contract extension with just over $27.7 million guaranteed, according to two people with knowledge of the agreement. They spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because there had been no announcement from the team. The agreement was first reported by Thomas, a two-time first-team All-Pro, could have gone into the 2014 season with free agency on the horizon. Instead, Seattle made sure to keep the most important cog of its defence through the 2018 season. Its the latest move in a strong off-season for the defending champions. While there were losses in free agency and difficult roster decisions with expensive veterans released, Seattle re-signed defensive end Michael Bennett before free agency began, then locked up coach Pete Carroll with an extension through 2016. The debate was whether Seattle could get a long-term deal done with either Thomas or cornerback Richard Sherman before either became a free agent after the 2014 season. Thomas deal is finished and the Seahawks can turn their attention toward trying to get a deal done with Sherman and solidifying three-fourths of the top secondary in the NFL for years to come. Strong safety Kam Chancellor is already signed through the 2017 season. Thomas was Seattles second first-round pick in the 2010 draft, the first with Carroll and general manager John Schneider leading the franchise. Its turned out to be one of the most important selections the team has made since starting a makeover with the duo in charge of moulding the Seahawks into a championship club. "Earl is as sserious a competitor as you could ever hope to be around. Wholesale Kyrie Irving Shoes. He is in it, and hes on it and dialed in," Carroll said before the Super Bowl. Thomas was Seattles second-leading tackler last season and added five interceptions, but its what his presence allows the Seahawks to do defensively that underscores his value. His speed in coverage and recognition in the secondary are among the best in the game. Much of what Seattle wants to do defensively is predicated on having Thomas on the roster. At one point early in his career, Carroll had to threaten Thomas with benching because he was trying to do too much. Thomas was getting out of position and being undisciplined in his assignments. As he matured, those mistakes became harder to find. Thomas recognition of what opponents were trying to run became so good that he could play alone in the back of Seattles defence. Often this past season, the Seahawks were able to move Chancellor closer to the line of scrimmage and ask Thomas to patrol the back end by himself. He did that job at an elite level and earned his second straight All-Pro selection. "In this defence, I think me and Kam do a lot. Sometimes dirty work, sometimes a lot of game-changing plays," Thomas said during Super Bowl week. "Everybody on the defence understands that. Thats why this defence is so compatible with each other. Its selfless guys. "Were going to put everything on the line for each other. Love is the highest frequency we have and we understand that, and thats what its all about. When youre filled up with gratitude, its a genuine appreciation for everybody around you. Thats the way I love it." Thomas has 15 career interceptions in the regular season and two more in the playoffs. Thomas will still only be 29 years old when his new deal expires after the 2018 season. ' ' '
      September 12, 2019 8:04 AM CEST