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Evans, still slowed by ankle injury, came off the bench after missing the last two games. Randolph, playing only his third game since tearing the MCL in his right knee New Year's Day in Chicago, returned to the starting lineup.
The spark on both sides still came from others.
The Kings built a 54-41 lead behind Thornton and Cousins and seemed to be in complete control in front of one of the sparsest crowds of the season. Instead, Memphis went on a 17-6 run to close within two before Sacramento extended its lead back to 10 points, getting a dunk from Jason Thompson on a 3-on-1 break just before the halftime buzzer.
Cousins received a bloody nose when he collided with Dante Cunningham in the third quarter. He twice had to leave the game -- first team trainers had to plug Cousins' nose, then the power forward had to put on a new jersey after blood spilled onto his shorts -- and Memphis narrowed Sacramento's lead to seven entering the fourth quarter.
NOTES: Memphis coach Lionel Hollins expects G Gilbert Arenas to join the team Wednesday in Portland. Arenas, waived by Orlando in December through the new amnesty clause, signed with the Grizzlies on Tuesday. ... The Kings honored three surviving military members of the Pearl Harbor attacks between the first and second quarters. ... Kings F Donte Greene was called for a technical foul in the second quarter. Greene ran up to an official arguing that he was pushed out of bounds.
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