"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
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
"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.
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