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Sacramento Kings Getting Inside 2009-11-03

Sacramento Kings Getting Inside 2009-11-03Beno Udrih was a point guard again.

The Kings' most criticized player reminded his bosses of his talents Monday, tallying 16 points and six assists in 29 minutes of an overtime win over Memphis at Arco Arena.

Udrih's fourth quarter was possibly the best of his six-year NBA career and certainly his best as a King. He played the entire period while rookie point guard Tyreke Evans watched with a towel over his head, the rookie struggling for the third time in four games en route to a three-point night in just 24 minutes.

The contrast will present coach Paul Westphal with some fascinating evidence to analyze: Evans is clearly not comfortable in his point guard role, and Udrih remains capable of filling that void. In Evans' defense, he sprained his right ankle at San Antonio on Saturday and said Monday that he would not have played if it was not the team's home opener.

Still, Udrih displayed a chemistry with Kevin Martin and Spencer Hawes that will be tough for Westphal to ignore if it continues. He hit 7 of 12 shots.

"It was my best game out of the three years I've played here -- yeah," Udrih said. "We really stuck together and played hard. But we still have a lot to learn."

KINGS 127, MEMPHIS 116 (OT): Shooting guard Kevin Martin couldn't be stopped, and he got just enough help from his teammates to hold on for the win. Martin's 48 points were two off his career high, but it took surprising breakouts from reserves Spencer Hawes (21 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists) and Beno Udrih (16 points, six assists) to give the Kings their first win in the home opener at Arco Arena.

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Added: November 3, 2009


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