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Photos: Thrilling buzzer-beater by Evans gives Kings the win

763Z0174 306x460 - Photos: Thrilling buzzer-beater by Evans gives Kings the win

If you were at Arco Arena Wednesday night, you might have thought the Kings had just won a NBA Championship. A thrilling midcourt shot at the buzzer by Tyreke Evans sent the place into a massive frenzy, ending the Kings’ eight-game skid with a 100-98 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

After strong showings by DeMarcus Cousins (21 points, 16 rebounds) and Beno Udrih (24 points, 4 rebounds), it looked like yet another disappointing fourth-quarter loss for the Kings. O.J. Mayo gave the Grizzlies a 98-97 lead with a difficult fadeaway jumper with 1.5 seconds remaining to seemingly seal the deal.

Then the impossible happened as Evans took the next inbound pass and raced to midcourt, jumping into the air and launching the ball seconds before time expired. The shot was reviewed by officials and upheld as Arco erupted, giving the Kings the much-needed win.

Top performer for Memphis (15-17) was Zach Randolph with a season-high 35 points and 17 rebounds.

Hopefully the win Wednesday night (the second in 18 games) breathes some life into the Kings, who improve their NBA-worst record to 6-23. They face Carmelo Anthony and the Denver Nuggets on Saturday in Denver.

Here are some shots from the game:

   inline 5841bd3b4f7cd1ab589df9c00c5b284a 306x460 - Photos: Thrilling buzzer-beater by Evans gives Kings the winTyreke Evans #13 attempts to score against three Memphis defenders.

 

inline 5b2ccf09681a2963bb477dbf4adf2b11 460x306 - Photos: Thrilling buzzer-beater by Evans gives Kings the winPoint guard Beno Udrih #19 drives the lane.  Udrih scored a team-high 24 points.

 

inline 8a5413af845ad9990bf8e0fdc675e3a3 460x306 - Photos: Thrilling buzzer-beater by Evans gives Kings the winKings Head Coach Paul Westphal

 

inline 019b60b0c693dd84d014da5d4f8f5cdb 306x460 - Photos: Thrilling buzzer-beater by Evans gives Kings the winMemphis guard Tony Allen #9 makes a driving dunk in the fourth quarter as DeMarcus Cousins #15 (right) watches.

 

inline 9bf86effe4293373e2739c3f7c95e17f 460x306 - Photos: Thrilling buzzer-beater by Evans gives Kings the winFans at Arco.

 

inline cc8705baadf7f66c437aeaebed3ddd52 306x460 - Photos: Thrilling buzzer-beater by Evans gives Kings the winOmri Casspi #18

 

inline e8e9e1e5e09293307bade0de996dc071 306x460 - Photos: Thrilling buzzer-beater by Evans gives Kings the winTyreke Evans #13 makes a jumper as Memphis guard O.J. Mayo #32 attempts to block.

 

inline 22adf67645b16ea75db7226a81d39059 306x460 - Photos: Thrilling buzzer-beater by Evans gives Kings the winKings power forward Carl Landry #24 drives to the basket against Grizzlies center Marc Gasol #33.

 

inline a08b463ddec0c8fa7b93dc5accb308cb 460x306 - Photos: Thrilling buzzer-beater by Evans gives Kings the winPooh Jeter #5 takes it to the basket in the second quarter.  Jeter finished with 6 points.

 

inline f1f289d6592ca3e9c291d5348743c64c 306x460 - Photos: Thrilling buzzer-beater by Evans gives Kings the winDeMarcus Cousins #15 at the free throw line.  Cousins finished with 21 points, 16 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals.

 

inline 5434461c119320f2bdb4793cbc1ce29b 460x306 - Photos: Thrilling buzzer-beater by Evans gives Kings the winMemphis’ Rudy Gay #22 is cornered by Cousins #15 and Francisco Garcia #32.

 

inline 8d696906c748c5ca73e2c6f2c4ef585e 460x306 - Photos: Thrilling buzzer-beater by Evans gives Kings the winKings Media Relations Manager Devin Blankenship (left) and Evans #13 leave the floor after the Sacramento victory.   

Photos by Steven Chea.

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