SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Even with Memphis at less than full
strength, the Sacramento Kings had to look beyond their star
players for a boost.
Doug Christie had eight points, three steals and three assists in the third period.
Doug Christie delivered a lift in the third quarter, Chris
Webber had 24 points and 11 rebounds, and Predrag Stojakovic added 21
points to lead the Kings to a 112-98 victory over the Grizzlies on
Sacramento won its 12th straight overall and 16th in a row at
home, improving to an NBA-best 31-9.
Memphis, which lost its fourth straight, was without Jason
Williams and Shane Battier. The Grizzlies didn't seem to miss their
stars -- at least in the early going.
Memphis shot 64 percent in the first half, but cooled in the
second half, finishing with 23 turnovers.
Christie was the catalyst in the third period, contributing
eight points, three assists and three steals as the Kings outscored
Memphis 32-19 and pushed their lead to 17 points.
"On nights like this when we are struggling, we need someone
... and Doug is usually that guy among the starters," Scot Pollard
said. "He's definitely a spark plug."
Christie finished with 14 points, seven assists, six rebounds
and four steals.
Williams, who played three seasons in Sacramento before being
dealt to Memphis during the offseason for Mike Bibby, missed the
game because of a migraine headache.
"They still played pretty good without Jason, it didn't seem
like they needed him until the fourth quarter," Kings guard Bobby
Battier missed his second straight game because of a strained
left groin. The first-round draft choice from Duke had started 38
consecutive games before missing Saturday's game against Orlando.
"We knew we were short-handed, but that's the NBA," Buford
said. "It happens to all teams, which means guys have to step it
up. But we didn't."
The Kings closed the third quarter with an 11-2 run and led
91-74 to start the fourth. Memphis committed eight turnovers in the
Pollard added 14 points and 11 rebounds, Hedo Turkoglu scored 12
points, Bobby Jackson 11 points and Bibby 10.
"I am glad that we were able to turn it around in the second
half," Webber said. "The 12-game win streak is nice, but we are
not satisfied with it. We are not sitting here Laker watching."
Stojakovic scored 17 first-half points and Webber had 16 for the
Kings, who led 59-55 at the break.
"I think we were right there until the third quarter," Gasol
said. "We had some problems executing our plays."
Game notes The game was the 500th in Grizzlies' history. The team has
a 113-387 record. ... The Kings, who lead the NBA in scoring, have
scored 103 or more points in 10 straight games. ... Memphis did not
attempt a 3-pointer in the first half and shot 2-for-6 from beyond
the arc in the game.