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March 10, 2010
Postgame reaction: Evans doesn't bask in attention

Believe it or not, Tyreke Evans doesn't clamor for this kind of attention.

In fact, all the attention of the rally for Evans to be Rookie of the Year tonight had Evans feeling a bit embarrassed.

That's right: Embarrassed.

"A little bit," Evans conceded. "They had the NBA All Stars up there (on the jumbotron) talking about my game. I was trying not to let it get to me."

Evans, of course, turned in a 19 point, 10 rebound, 10 assist effort on a night in which so much attention was devoted to him. He kept the game ball, too.

It would seem easy for one to be a bit conceited with 5,000 cutouts of his face throughout the stands.

But that's not Evans' personality. And he was ready for the ribbing he took from his teammates.

"It looked pretty ugly," said forward Carl Landry with a laugh.

*The last Kings rookie with a triple-double was Norm Van Lier, when the franchise was still in Cincinnati.

He had 13 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists Nov. 5, 1969 against the San Diego Clippers.

The last King with a triple-double was Brad Miller at Memphis, April 10, 2007. He had 17 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists.

*Chris Bosh is going to be one of the prizes of free agency this summer. But tonight was not a night he'll brag about.

He made just 6 of 20 shots to finish with 14 points. Landry and Jason Thompson were the primary defenders on Bosh.

It's probably no coincidence either that Bosh struggled while Thompson and Landry were a combined 11 of 20. When a player has to work on defense, his offense is bound to slip a bit. Landry and Thompson were active the entire game.

*Coach Paul Westphal said there was no special speech at halftime to spur the 73-45 advantage after intermission.

He pointed out the Kings were getting good shots, but were just missing them. The Kings didn't miss much in the third quarter when they were 18 of 24.

The 43 points in the third tied a season high for points in a quarter this season. The Kings' 73 points in the second half is a season high for a half.

*Francisco Garcia was Mr. Perfect when it came to shooting tonight. He made all five of his field goals and both free throws.

--Jason Jones



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