Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/21

Game 1: Wednesday, November 21st
Trail Blazers83Final
Game 2: Wednesday, December 26th
Trail Blazers74Final
Game 3: Tuesday, January 22nd
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Game 4: Monday, March 4th
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Trail Blazers 74

(13-14, 4-10 away)

Kings 89

(21-9, 15-1 home)

    Coverage: FSBAY

    7:00 PM ET, December 26, 2001

    Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    POR 12 14 21 2774
    SAC 26 18 20 2589

    Top Performers

    Portland: R. Wallace 25 Pts, 13 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Sacramento: P. Stojakovic 19 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Webber scores 16 in return from 3-game absence

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- With or without Chris Webber, the Sacramento Kings are difficult to beat at home.

    Chris Webber

    Predrag Stojakovic scored 19 points and Webber returned from a three-game absence with 16 points and 13 rebounds Wednesday night as the Kings easily handled the Portland Trail Blazers 89-74.

    The Kings scored the final 13 points of the first quarter and held a double-digit lead the rest of the way in improving their home record to an NBA-best 15-1.

    "We had a dismal first half," Portland coach Maurice Cheeks said. "I have to find a way to get them to play for all four quarters."

    Webber and the Kings were not at their best, but they didn't have to be against the Blazers, who were held to a season-low point total.

    Webber never got in a groove offensively, shooting just 6-of-20 and finishing with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Webber had missed three games with tendinitis in his left ankle. The Kings are 5-2 with Webber in the lineup.

    "I'm ready to play through it," said Webber, who missed the first 23 games of the season. "I just have to deal with it. Its still weak, I can only jump off one leg."

    Reserve Bobby Jackson made all three of his 3-point attempts and scored 17 points. Doug Christie had 13 points and Mike Bibby added 10.

    Rasheed Wallace had 25 points and 13 rebounds for the Blazers, who shot 39 percent and were 1-of-13 on 3-pointers. Ruben Patterson added 15 points and eight rebounds, while Damon Stoudamire scored 10 points.

    "We were sluggish in the first half and we tried to fight back in the second, but you can't do that and expect to win," Patterson said.

    The Kings led 26-12 after one quarter, 44-26 at the half and 64-47 entering the fourth period.

    Portland could do little right in the first half. The Blazers missed 27 of 39 shots, had 10 turnovers and only three offensive rebounds. It was the second-lowest first-half point total for a Kings opponent in franchise history.

    "I really thought we defended well in the first half," Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "Overall, it was a good effort on our part."

    Game notes
    Christie made both 3-pointers and all four of his shots in the opening quarter, finishing with 10 points, two assists and two steals. ... The Kings missed all three of their free throws in the opening half. ... Excluding Wallace, Portland's other four starters shot a combined 5-for-19 in the first half. ... Portland guard Derek Anderson shot 0-for-12 and did not score.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 74 89
    FGM-FGA 32-81 (.395) 35-84 (.417)
    3PM-3PA 1-13 (.077) 7-15 (.467)
    FTM-FTA 9-14 (.643) 12-19 (.632)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-47 14-48
    Assists 19 24
    Turnovers 18 13
    Steals 8 8
    Blocks 3 4
    Fast Break Points 8 14
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (2/0) 14 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Rasheed Wallace Wallace
    Points: 25
    Reb: 13
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 2
    Peja Stojakovic Stojakovic
    Points: 19
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0