SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Harrison Barnes had a season-high 32 points and matched his career high with seven 3-pointers, De’Aaron Fox scored 26 and the Sacramento Kings beat the Memphis Grizzlies 129-125.
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. 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.
"It was for sure. We just want to win. Every game is a must win at this point; that's our approach" - Kings center Harry Giles, following the win.
Kings' big-man Marvin Bagley III, who has been sidelined for all but 13 games this season due to injuries, will have his left mid-foot sprain re-evaluated in three weeks. He missed his 20th game on Thursday because of the foot.
Bagley was without the walking boot he had been wearing over the past several weeks on Thursday night. He is expected to ramp up weight bearing conditioning activities into his regimen, according to the team.
The Kings will head to Los Angeles to meet the Clippers on Saturday afternoon at Staples Center.
The Kings will remain in L.A. through the weekend as the team will be attending the Kobe and Gianna Bryant public memorial on Monday morning.