Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/26

Game 1: Monday, November 26th
Game 2: Sunday, December 16th
Game 3: Monday, January 21st
Game 4: Tuesday, April 2nd

Kings 112

(31-9, 23-1 home)

    7:00 PM ET, January 21, 2002

    Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    MEM 30 25 19 2498
    SAC 31 28 32 21112

    Top Performers

    Memphis: T. Massenburg 23 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Stl

    Sacramento: C. Webber 24 Pts, 11 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

    Kings win 12th straight overall, 16 in row at home

    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 Monday night.

    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 Jackson said.

    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.

    Tony Massenburg scored 23 points and Rodney Buford added 18 for the Grizzlies, who shot a season-high 56 percent. Pau Gasol scored 16 points, Stromile Swift had 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Brevin Knight added 12 points and 10 assists.

    "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 quarter.

    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.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 98 112
    FGM-FGA 41-73 (.562) 46-94 (.489)
    3PM-3PA 2-6 (.333) 3-14 (.214)
    FTM-FTA 14-20 (.700) 17-26 (.654)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 6-40 17-46
    Assists 27 23
    Turnovers 24 13
    Steals 9 15
    Blocks 3 0
    Fast Break Points 20 14
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/1) 18 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Tony Massenburg Massenburg
    Points: 23
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Chris Webber Webber
    Points: 24
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0