SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Chris Webber is starting to get his
game back, which is bad news for the rest of the NBA.
The Kings won for the 10th straight time at Arco Arena,
improving to an NBA-best 17-1 at home. The Celtics have lost six
straight in Sacramento.
Webber, who missed 23 of the first 32 games because of an
injured left ankle, looked like his vintage self. He made 10 of 17
shots, 10 of 12 free throws, had eight rebounds, three assists and
"Hopefully I'm getting to the place where I want to be,"
Webber said. "I'm really not where I want to be, but I'm trying to
get there, I'm getting closer."
The Kings played well without Webber, going 16-7. They've won
seven of nine games with their biggest star.
"The Kings are good with or without Webber," Boston's Antoine
Walker said. "They move the ball really well and he just brings
one more threat to the table."
Peja Stojakovic made three 3-pointers and scored 23 points for
the Kings, whose lead reached double figures in the first quarter
and was at least 12 points the rest of the game. Mike Bibby and
Hedo Turkoglu added 13 points apiece.
"We knew the time would come and it's getting there -- Chris did
a great job tonight," Vlade Divac said. "I saw his explosiveness
a couple of times."
The Kings controlled the first half, leading 59-45. The game
remained at their pace in the third quarter when a 9-0 run put
Sacramento ahead 86-60 with 1:31 remaining.
Paul Pierce scored 26 points for Boston (18-11), which is
enjoying its best start since the 1991-92 season.
"They are a championship-caliber team," Pierce said. "You
can't afford to get down 18 points like we did. If you do, you
might as well pack your bags."
Walker missed 10 straight shots in the second and third quarter
for the Celtics. Walker, who had 11 first-quarter points, finished
with 24 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.
"I thought we did a great job on Pierce in the first half,"
Stojakovic said. "We really executed on defense in that first half
and that helped us get the big lead."
Webber scored 17 points and Stojakovic had 14 in the first
The Kings' consecutive sellout streak at Arco Arena reached
100 games, the second longest in the league to the Knicks. ...
Divac had five of the 10 first-quarter assists for the Kings, who
led 34-22. ... After starting the season 8-4 away from home, the
Celtics have lost three of four.