Sacramento 112, Memphis 100

MEMPHIS, Tenn., April 10 (AP) -- The Memphis Grizzlies have lost 60 games this season, but something good may come of this one.

Brad Miller had 17 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds to lead the Sacramento Kings to a 112-100 victory over the Grizzlies on Tuesday night, assuring Memphis of the worst record in the NBA.

With three games left, Memphis has 19 wins, while the Boston Celtics, despite losing Tuesday night at Atlanta, already have 23 victories.

And with the Grizzlies holding that distinction, they get the best odds of winning the draft lottery and landing the No. 1 pick in the draft.

"In three games, the season's over with, and that's how I look at it,'' said Memphis guard Chucky Atkins, who had 11 points and 10 assists.

Mike Bibby scored 25 points for the Kings, who snapped a four-game road losing streak in a game where the only thoughts either team had regarding the postseason was their draft spot. Memphis has lost six straight.

Six of the eight Kings who played finished in double figures.

Francisco Garcia scored a season-high 19 points for Sacramento, while grabbing eight rebounds. Justin Williams had 16 points, and Shareef Abdur-Rahim finished with 14.

Dahntay Jones led Memphis with 20 points, while Pau Gasol scored 17 and grabbed nine rebounds. Tarence Kinsey and Stromile Swift finished with 14 points apiece.

Both teams were without key players. The Kings' Kevin Martin was ill and Corliss Williamson missed his fourth game in the last five with an ailing right heel.

Meanwhile, the Grizzlies played without Mike Miller and Damon Stoudamire with knee injuries - Miller in both knees and Stoudamire in his right. Grizzlies rookie Rudy Gay also was out after injuring his ankle two games ago.

The Kings settled for a 53-48 lead at the half after Memphis cut into a big early Sacramento lead. The Kings shot 71 percent in the early stages of the first quarter and ended the period at 63 percent. That, coupled with seven Memphis turnovers and a stretch of almost seven minutes where the Grizzlies didn't score, helped Sacramento score 25 straight points and build a 26-point lead.

The run was the second-largest of the season in the NBA. Miami scored 27 unanswered points against the New York Knicks on Jan. 22.

"I've never been a part of something like that,'' Kings forward Ron Artest said. "That was fun to be a part of. I didn't even score a bucket in that, and I was having fun.''

Garcia had 15 points before the break, while Bibby added 12, and Abdur-Rahim scored 10 points.

Gasol had 12 points for Memphis, while Jones and Hakim Warrick added 10 points apiece.

"We were a little passive on defense, and they were able to get a lot of open looks,'' Gasol said of the early scoring.

Memphis cut into the lead before the half with a late 13-2 run. Sacramento connecting on 5-of-18 from the field in the second quarter.

"We made them miss in the second quarter by playing good fullcourt defense,'' Memphis coach Tony Barone said. "Unfortunately for us, we couldn't maintain our level of intensity for the rest of the game. We got stuck in the mud in the first quarter.''

Despite an offensive flurry from Swift in the third, the Kings maintained an 81-70 lead entering the final period. Memphis never got it under double digits down the stretch.

Abdur-Rahim, who played his first five seasons with the Grizzlies when they were in Vancouver, has seen this type of season from the franchise. He said there is a different attitude about the end of the season between veterans and the younger players like the ones trying to establish their NBA credentials with Memphis limping down the stretch.

"My first four years in the league, I was still young and trying to establish myself,'' Abdur-Rahim said. "It's different. For veteran guys, especially if you've been on playoff teams, it's tougher.

"Older guys, you have to really push yourself and challenge yourself to stay professional.''

Notes: The 60 losses are the most by the Grizzlies since the 1999-00 team dropped 60 while in Vancouver. ... Miller's triple-double was the third of his career. ... The Grizzlies have never won a season series over Sacramento. Tuesday's loss meant the Kings won this year's series 2-1. ... Garcia started his third game of the season in place of Martin. ... Kings coach Eric Musselman was a Grizzlies assistant before taking the Sacramento job this season. ... After committing seven turnovers in the first quarter, Memphis only had four more the rest of the way. ... Williams added 11 rebounds for the first double-double of his career.

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