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Divac steps up with seventh triple-double of career

2/6/2002

BOSTON (AP) -- The Sacramento Kings were missing Chris Webber against the Boston Celtics. Peja Stojakovic and Vlade Divac more than made up for his absence.

Stojakovic scored 24 points and Divac had his seventh career triple-double to lead the Kings to a 102-85 victory over the Celtics on Wednesday night.

Divac had 15 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists for Sacramento,
which improved its league-best record to 37-11.

Webber was sidelined with a stomach flu,

"This team is very tight," Divac said. "No matter who is missing from the lineup, different guys seem to do more or contribute extra."

The Kings swept the season series against the Celtics for the
second straight season and for only the fourth time since the
series began in the 1948-49 season.

Antoine Walker scored 26 points for the Celtics, who lost for
the fourth time in six games and closed out their first half with a
record of 28-21.

"This was a big test for us," Boston's Paul Pierce said. "They pass the ball well and hit some awesome shots, but we have to be more consistent."

Sacramento opened the second half with a 10-0 run, extending its
lead to 70-50. Walker made a layup at 7:55 of the period to halt
the run.

"Sometimes when you play a team you don't see too often, it can be more difficult," Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "We needed a half to figure out how we were going to attack and we made other players beside Pierce and Walker hit shots in the second half."

Hedo Turkoglu made a 3-pointer from the corner to give the Kings
their largest lead of the game at 90-62. Sacramento shot 13-for-19
from the field in the third quarter.

"We got blasted by a great ballclub," Celtics coach Jim O'Brien said. "They are simply a better team than we are."

Trailing 42-34 with 5:20 remaining in the second quarter,
Sacramento broke the game open with a 21-3 run. Bobby Jackson and Turkoglu combined for 14 points and the Kings led 60-50 at the break.

Stojakovic had 13 points and Divac added five assists in the
first quarter.

Game notes
New England Patriots players J.R. Redmond, Bobby Hamilton,
Fred Coleman and Lonnie Paxton were courtside and received a
standing ovation. Divac went over and congratulated Hamilton. ...
Sacramento leads the NBA with seven players averaging double
figures. ... The Celtics head to the West Coast after the All-Star
break for a seven-game road trip. ... Pierce made his 250th NBA
start for the Celtics. ... The Kings are the only NBA team to have
at least one representative in each of the four events during
All-Star weekend. ... Celtics guard Randy Brown was a second-round draft pick of the Kings in the 1991 draft. ... Sacramento won for only the third time in its last 22 visits to Boston.