Millerís Triple-Double Leads Grizz Past Kings
Memphis 99, Sacramento 85
MEMPHIS, Tenn., Jan. 10 (Ticker) -- Mike Miller showed he is more than a shooter.
Miller had his first career triple-double with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists as the Memphis Grizzlies rebounded from an early deficit to defeat the Sacramento Kings, 99-85, for their sixth straight home win.
In helping the Grizzlies climb out of an early 15-point hole, Miller also was the first bench player to registered a triple-double since Shawn Bradley did it in 1998 with Dallas.
"My teammates started getting on me at the end," Miller said. "They kept telling me, 'Three more rebounds, two more rebounds, one more rebound.' Man, those were the toughest two rebounds I ever had to get. I'm just glad my teammates were hitting shots when I dished it out. Obviously that's going to make your chances of a triple-double better."
"It was awesome," Grizzlies forward Shane Battier said. "We've had a bunch of guys get real close, but to see him finally get it done is great."
Miller's steal and three-point play with 48 seconds left in the first half capped an 18-1 surge that gave the Grizzlies their first lead at 49-47. Rookie Hakim Warrick provided the biggest spark during the run with four of his season-high 16 points coming on thunderous back-to-back dunks.
Miller found Warrick for another slam, ending an 11-3 run that opened a 79-68 lead entering the final period.
"Hakim was MVP tonight - easy," Miller said. "We lacked energy in the first half and fell behind by 15, but we got some big minutes from Hak (Warrick). That tip dunk off a miss not only got the team into it, it got the crowd into it, too."
"I could tell we needed energy," said Warrick, who also added a season-high eight rebounds in 28 minutes off the bench. "I just tried to come in and lay it all on the line. My teammates did a good job of finding me, and I was just able to finish strong."
Sacramento trimmed Memphis' lead to six points early in the fourth quarter, but former King Bobby Jackson hit consecutive 3-pointers and Pau Gasol converted a three-point play to finish a 15-5 run, making it 96-80 with 3:20 to go.
"There were about five or six opportunities they got just from a lack of concentration on our part," Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "We just have to keep our minds on what we're trying to do defensively. We didn't do that."
"This was a good win for us," Miller said. "We have a hot New Jersey team coming in Friday and back-to-backs against the Spurs, so it was important to get this one."
Gasol scored 27 points for Memphis, which shot 52 percent (42-of-81), including 10-of-23 from 3-point range. Battier and Jackson each added 15 points.
Mike Bibby had 26 points and eight assists for Sacramento, which has dropped eight of its last 11 games overall and fell to 1-7 vs. the Southwest Division this season.
The Kings shot 46 percent (31-of-68), but Memphis' league-leading defense held them 14 points below their season average.