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Kings blown out of Memphis, 128-95

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Kings blown out of Memphis, 128-95

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Rudy Gay had 23 points, Mike Conley and O.J. Mayo added 22 apiece and the Memphis Grizzlies won their sixth straight, 128-95 over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night.Marc Gasol had 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Marreese Speights contributed 12 points and 15 rebounds for Memphis, which scored a season high.Jimmer Fredette led the Kings with a season-high 20 points and six assists, while Donte Greene and DeMarcus Cousins scored 19 apiece. Cousins also had 11 rebounds and Tyreke Evans had 13 points.The Grizzlies led by only eight at halftime, but opened the second half with a 12-0 run to push the lead to 20. The Kings, who snapped a two-game winning streak, trailed by as many as 39 in the fourth quarter.The victory moved the Grizzlies atop the Southwest Division, percentage points ahead of San Antonio and Dallas.Conley's shooting gave Memphis an early 16-point lead, as the Grizzlies point guard hit all seven of his shots for 15 first-quarter points. He eventually would hit eight straight and 10 of 11 in the half for 22 points.The Memphis lead expanded to 19 early in the second quarter, but the Kings battled back behind Fredette, who scored all 15 of his first-half points in the second quarter.That helped the Kings outscore Memphis 39-34 in the quarter by hitting 17 of 26 shots and cut the halftime lead to 68-60.Gay and Mayo had 12 points apiece for Memphis. Cousins had 12 for the Kings.Memphis again took over the game at the start of the second half, scoring the first 12 points for an 80-60 lead. The Grizzlies eventually would lead by 28 points in the third period by outscoring the Kings 34-16.Gasol had 11 in the quarter for Memphis, and, by the early stages of the fourth period, the Kings' reserves were on the floor with Memphis owning a 30-point advantage.Notes: Grizzlies C Hamed Haddadi, who has not played this season because of visa problems, dressed for the game. Asked before the game if Haddadi was on limited minutes, Memphis coach Lionel Hollins replied: "Unlimited minutes. He'll play as long as my desire for him to play." Haddadi played just over 5 minutes with two points and five rebounds. ... Memphis has won seven of the last eight in the series. .The Kings are now 4-6 under coach Keith Smart. ... Gasol hit a 3-pointer midway through the third, only his second long-range attempt this season. ... Kings G Marcus Thornton left the game in the first half with a stiff left thigh. ... Kings F John Salmons missed his first game of the season. Kings officials said he stayed at the team's hotel with an illness. Francisco Garcia started in his place.

Report: After starting 0-3, Suns fire head coach Watson on eve of Kings game

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Report: After starting 0-3, Suns fire head coach Watson on eve of Kings game

Drama. The Sacramento Kings have done their best to avoid the non-basketball related issues that often come with the NBA game, but they’ll walk into someone else’s firestorm Monday night in Phoenix.

The Suns have fired head coach Earl Watson just three games into the 2017-18 season, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Phoenix has dropped all three contests, including a 48-point loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on opening night and a 42-point defeat at the hands of the Clippers on Saturday.

Before the firing, veteran point guard tweeted out a message that has since gone viral.

Whether Bledsoe was referring to Watson or his impending release is unknown at this time. 

Watson leaves with a 33-85 record in parts of three seasons with the Suns. He took over for Jeff Hornacek midway through the 2015-16 season. According to Wojnarowski, Suns ownership and management is currently meeting with the team’s assistant coaches and Jay Triano is likely to be named interim head coach.

Day before facing Kings, Suns guard tweets ‘I don’t wanna be here’

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Day before facing Kings, Suns guard tweets ‘I don’t wanna be here’

The Kings head to Phoenix Monday to take on the Suns. It looks like If it were up to Suns guard Eric Bledsoe, he wouldn't be playing the Kings or anyone else with his current team. 

On Sunday, Bledsoe let out his frustration with the following tweet:

The Suns fell to 0-3 on Saturday after getting crushed by the Clippers, 130-88, Sunday in Los Angeles. They are losing by an average of 30.7 points as their defense is allowing 128.7 points per game. 

With the ball in their hands, the Suns' offense isn't much better, averaging a pedestrian 98 points per game. 

Former teammate DeAndre Jordan chimed in on Twitter after Bledsoe's tweet too. Bledsoe spent his first three years in the NBA with Jordan on the Clippers.

Bledsoe, 28, is averaging 15.7 points and 3.0 assists per game in the young season. Over his eight-year career, Bledsoe has put up averages of 13.1 points and 4.6 assists per game.