Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 12/4

Game 1: Tuesday, December 4th
Game 2: Wednesday, March 13th

76ers 84

(8-9, 4-5 away)

Kings 94

(14-5, 8-1 home)

    Coverage: CSN

    5:00 PM ET, December 4, 2001

    Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    PHI 19 27 20 1884
    SAC 22 26 26 2094

    Top Performers

    Philadelphia: D. Mutombo 10 Pts, 13 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 6 Blk

    Sacramento: P. Stojakovic 20 Pts, 12 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Kings move to 8-1 at home, drop Philly below .500

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Bobby Jackson swung his arm in a circle and grimaced. Standing at the next locker, Mike Bibby laughed.

    Kings guard Bobby Jackson, right, drives for two of his 16 points Tuesday.

    "Whoo! My shoulder is sore! I don't think I've shot 25 times since I came into this league," Jackson said.

    The Kings' point guards got a chance to carry Sacramento on Tuesday night, and they proved up to the challenge. Jackson scored 16 points, and Bibby had 18 points and six assists as Sacramento emerged from a shooting slump to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 94-84.

    Predrag Stojakovic had 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead five Kings in double figures, but Jackson and Bibby led the way in their first start together since Bibby arrived in an offseason trade. They propelled the Kings' offense while playing solid defense on Allen Iverson, holding the MVP to 24 points.

    "We only win when we play great team basketball, and we didn't start doing that until the third quarter tonight," Bibby said. "The guys helped us out against (Iverson). That's what you need against a player like that. Every time he went to the basket, there were one or two guys helping out."

    With Doug Christie and Chris Webber out with injuries, Sacramento used another tremendous team effort to improve the NBA's third-best record and keep pressure on the Lakers, who will be at Arco Arena on Friday.

    The Kings, who won for the eighth time in nine home games, were going nowhere midway through the third quarter -- shooting 26 percent and trailing 57-48 -- before Vlade Divac scored six quick points to key a prolonged run.

    Sacramento outscored Philadelphia 32-11 over the next 12 minutes, eventually taking a 15-point lead.

    "We had a great chance to win the game, especially the way we started the second half," said Dikembe Mutombo, who had 10 points, 13 rebounds and six blocked shots. "We were playing our game, but then we started playing their tempo and lost control."

    The 76ers pulled to 86-81 in the final minutes, but Bibby and Jackson hit consecutive driving layups to seal Philadelphia's fourth loss in five games.

    Iverson, who scored 46 points in Sacramento last season, played 47 minutes but went scoreless in the first seven minutes of the fourth quarter. He was 9-of-30 from the field.

    "It seemed like both teams had trouble getting shots to go down pretty much all night long," Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "Our guards ended up making the difference for us, but everybody contributed."

    Hidayet Turkoglu scored 15 points in a reserve role for Sacramento, and Scot Pollard added 13 rebounds and a career-best seven blocked shots.

    Derrick Coleman had 15 points and nine rebounds, but was ejected by referee Leon Wood with 1:07 to play. Raja Bell scored a season-high 14 points for the Sixers.

    It was clear the Sixers aren't the same team that won the Eastern Conference and an overtime thriller in Sacramento last season. During the fourth quarter, undermanned Philadelphia gave significant playing time to Vonteego Cummings and Corie Blount -- two players who couldn't make lowly Golden State's roster this season.

    "You have to play with the guys who suit up," Iverson said. "We would like to have the injured guys on the floor, but that's the way it works."

    Both teams were missing significant portions of their lineups. Sacramento played its 19th game without All-NBA forward Webber, and Christie sat out with a cut on his hand. Both may be ready to return against the Lakers.

    The 76ers played without Eric Snow and Aaron McKie, who missed his second game with a mild heart condition. McKie, who underwent a minor procedure to correct the problem on Sunday, rejoined the team in Sacramento and is expected to play at Golden State on Wednesday.

    Rookie guard Speedy Claxton, who took McKie's starting spot, then complained of dizziness and left the game in the first half. After the game, the team said Claxton may have the flu.

    Game notes
    Cummings picked up four fouls in his first four minutes of play. ... Tennis great Billie Jean King, in town for a celebrity charity tournament, sat at courtside with Kings owners Joe and Gavin Maloof. ... With 1.7 seconds left in the first half, Bibby fouled Bell well behind the 3-point line. Bell half-heartedly flung the ball at the rim -- and was awarded three free throws on a continuation. ... In the final minute, the crowd chanted "Beat L.A.!"

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 84 94
    FGM-FGA 33-85 (.388) 37-89 (.416)
    3PM-3PA 2-6 (.333) 4-16 (.250)
    FTM-FTA 16-23 (.696) 16-23 (.696)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 18-51 18-49
    Assists 15 22
    Turnovers 12 12
    Steals 7 7
    Blocks 8 8
    Fast Break Points 4 20
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (2/0) 16 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Dikembe Mutombo Mutombo
    Points: 10
    Reb: 13
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 6
    Peja Stojakovic Stojakovic
    Points: 20
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0