"That's one of the worst beatings I've ever been involved in,"
the Phoenix coach said after the Kings' 133-101 victory on Sunday
Peja Stojakovic scored 26 of Sacramento's NBA season-high points
total as the Kings snapped a two-game losing slide. The Kings made
12 3-pointers and scored their most points since a 154-98 victory
over Philadelphia Jan. 2, 1993.
"Tonight, we moved the ball, we ran the floor and we rebounded
well," Vlade Divac said. "When you rebound, you get a lot of
chances to score easy points and that's what we did tonight."
What pleased Kings coach Rick Adelman most was rebounding from a
114-88 loss 11 days ago in Phoenix.
"We did a 180 tonight. Looking at that and here, it looked like
two different games," Adelman said. "We were so much more active.
They didn't hurt us on the boards and we played so unselfish."
Sacramento had eight players in double figures and shot 58
percent. The Suns were outrebounded 51-35 in losing for the fourth
time in five games.
Stojakovic had been outplayed by Shawn Marion in the earlier
loss to Phoenix. He got going early in the rematch, scoring 17 of
his 26 points in the opening half when Sacramento built a 19-point
"They run a lot of picks for him and he moves well without the
ball," Marion said. "It just got caught relaxing a bit."
The Kings improved to 14-1 at home and 20-9 overall, even though
forward Chris Webber missed his third straight game with tendinitis
in his left ankle.
Sacramento opened the second quarter with a 13-4 run, and
Phoenix never cut its deficit under double digits in losing for the
fourth time in five games.
Sacramento's Hedo Turkoglu had 21 points 10 rebounds, despite
leaving briefly in the third quarter after his eye was hurt on a
flagrant foul by Alton Ford.
Tony Delk led the Suns with 24 points, while Marion scored 18 of
his 20 points in the second half. Stephon Marbury had 17 points and
six assists, and Penny Hardaway scored 10.
"They shot 58 percent, they scored 78 points in the second
half, you're not going to win too many games when that happens,"
The Kings led by 19 points at halftime and were just as dominant
in the third quarter. Divac scored nine points, and Sacramento made
four 3-pointers, building the lead to a high of 32 points. The
hosts took an 88-61 lead into the fourth.
"We got a little payback tonight," Kings guard Bobby Jackson
said. "We didn't play well in Phoenix, so we just wanted to come
out and play hard and get a victory."
Stojakovic scored 17 points as the Kings shot 54 percent and
took a 55-36 lead into the break.
Game notes The Suns missed 20 of 26 shots in the second quarter and
were outscored 26-12. ... Stojakovic missed his first free-throw
attempt, snapping a streak of 25 straight successful foul shots.
... The Kings outrebounded Phoenix 12-0 in the first seven minutes
of the third quarter. ... Counting last year's playoffs, the Suns
have lost seven of their last 10 games to Sacramento.