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Sacramento Kings Getting Inside 2009-11-26

Sacramento Kings Getting Inside 2009-11-26Second-year small forward Donte' Greene spun off of New York's Larry Hughes on Wednesday night, bolted for the basket and ripped a right-hand slam that sparked oohs from the Arco Arena crowd.

And while Kings president of basketball operations Geoff Petrie remained his stoic self while watching the play, he was surely smiling on the inside.

There was a time not long ago when the prospect of Greene making the most of his talents seemed grim. He was a virtual bust who will always play a part in how the Ron Artest trade to Houston is judged (Greene was part of the deal). But his recent stretch of solid play continued against the Knicks -- Greene had a career-high 24 points while showcasing his improved all-around game.

His defense sparked his offense, and Greene looked capable of playing the part of defensive stopper that he has been asked to become by the team's coaching staff. He had a career-high six blocks, many of them spectacular. If he keeps this up, Petrie -- who is in the final year of his contract and looking for all the positives he can find -- will surely keep grinning.

KINGS 111, KNICKS 97: The Kings finally found a way to defend, holding the Knicks to 38.5 percent shooting and forcing 17 turnovers. It was no small feat to hold New York to less than 100 points; the Kings had allowed 100-plus in each of the last five games.

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Added: November 26, 2009


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