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March 23, 2012
Evans says he's planning return to starting lineup

Guard Tyreke Evans addresses the media following the Kings' loss to the Utah Jazz at Power Balance Pavilion.

Tyreke Evans' 25-point performance off the bench in the Kings' 103-102 loss to the Utah Jazz led to head coach Keith Smart being asked afterward if maybe Evans prefers coming off the bench.

It was Evans' second consecutive game in a reserve role. But it doesn't sound like he'll be occupying that role much longer.

"I think I'm going to start next game," Evans said after the game. "I don't know yet. I'm disappointed with the loss. I just want to get another win. I think I'm going to start next game."

The Kings' next game is Saturday night at Golden State.

Evans came off the bench for the first time this season Tuesday night against the Memphis Grizzlies, saying he made the decision because John Salmons and the Kings were playing well with Salmons starting at small forward.

Evans scored 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting against the Grizzlies.

He had a team-high 25 points on 11-of-17 shooting to go with five rebounds, two assists and three steals in 29 minutes against the Jazz.

Evans said he felt "rested" entering the game with a few seconds left in the first quarter. He scored 12 points in the second quarter, making all five of his shots and both of his free throws.

"(I was) just coming in with a lot of energy, pushing the ball, trying to take what the defense was giving me and just attacking," Evans said.

Evans scored another 11 points in the fourth quarter but watched as Al Jefferson's put-back attempt with 0.9 seconds left gave the Jazz the win, even after a pair of big go-ahead shots by Kings guard Marcus Thornton.

"I thought we had 'em," Evans said. "Marcus made two big plays, but they just came down and got a look, and (Jefferson) took it in. Not much we could do about it. It's not like nobody was guarding anybody, he was just in the right place at the right time."

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