SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Harrison Barnes scored a season-high 32 points and matched his career high with seven 3-pointers, De’Aaron Fox added 26 and the Sacramento Kings beat the Memphis Grizzlies 129-125 on Thursday night.
Buddy Hield added 20 points, including four free throws in the final seconds. Kent Bazemore scored 18 as the Kings won their fourth straight against the Grizzlies at home.
De’Anthony Melton scored 24 and Ja Morant had 19 for the Grizzlies.
Memphis trailed by 15 early in the fourth quarter but took advantage of Sacramento’s struggles at the free throw line and caught a break when Melton was fouled by Barnes attempting a 3-pointer with 7.5 seconds remaining.
Melton made all three free throws to pull the Grizzlies within 125-124.
After Hield sank two free throws, Morant made one then intentionally threw the second off the front of the rim but was called for a lane violation.
Hield, who won the 3-point contest on All-Star Saturday night, made two more free throws to seal the win for the Kings.
The Kings looked fresh coming off the All-Star break, particularly Barnes.
Sporting a much more noticeable beard that he intends to keep until Sacramento gets to .500 or the season ends, Barnes made his first four shots and eight of 10 while going 6 for 6 on 3s in the first half, including a buzzer beater that made it 70-61.
Sacramento led 117-113 when Fox was whistled for his fourth foul. After Kings coach Luke Walton challenged the call and it was overturned, Fox made a step-back 3-pointer.
Grizzlies: Memphis is winless in Sacramento since Dec. 31, 2017. . The Grizzlies are 8-2 when Kyle Anderson starts. Anderson had 12 points and five rebounds. . Jaren Jackson Jr. scored eight straight in the third quarter. That matched his total against Portland in the final game before the All-Star break.
Kings: Jabari Parker had a rough debut in Sacramento after being acquired from Atlanta in exchange for Dwayne Dedmon. Parker missed his first five shots and scored four points. . The 70 points matched a season high for a half. The Kings put up 70 in the second half against the Spurs on Feb. 8.
Grizzlies: Play in Los Angeles against the Lakers on Friday night. Memphis is winless in two games against the Lakers this season.
Kings: Play the Clippers in Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon.
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