Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 12/22

Game 1: Saturday, December 22nd
Game 2: Wednesday, January 2nd
Game 3: Tuesday, March 26th
Game 4: Friday, April 12th

Clippers 90

(36-36, 13-23 away)

Kings 107

(50-19, 33-4 home)

    Coverage: FSBAY

    7:30 PM ET, March 26, 2002

    Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    LAC 21 24 27 1890
    SAC 28 24 27 28107

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles: M. Olowokandi 23 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Ast, 4 Blk

    Sacramento: C. Webber 35 Pts, 13 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Stl, 2 Blk

    Kings top Clips to go half-game up on Lakers

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Still upset over Sunday's loss to the Lakers, Chris Webber took out his frustration on Elton Brand.

    Webber made 11 of 12 shots during one stretch and finished with 35 points and 13 rebounds as Sacramento reached 50 victories with a 107-90 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night.

    The Kings maintained a half-game lead over the Lakers for the NBA's best record. Two days earlier, Webber missed a shot at the buzzer in a one-point home loss to the Lakers.

    "We're still hurting from the loss to the Lakers, I know personally I am," Webber said. "It would have been easy to have a letdown today, but I'm glad we came out early and got a good jump on them."

    Brand was held to just three points and four rebounds by Webber, who also had three steals and two blocks while shooting 15-for-21 from the field.

    Brand did not score in the second half.

    "I really made an effort to keep the ball out of his hands. The less he shoots, the better chance I have," Webber said. "It was a concentrated effort. I really tried hard to defend him."

    Doug Christie added 19 points, and rookie Gerald Wallace had 14 in his first career start.

    Sacramento, which outrebounded Los Angeles 18-8 on the offensive end and had a 22-12 edge in second-chance points, now embarks on a six-game road trip.

    "I was really happy with the way our guys responded," coach Rick Adelman said. "Our guys understood after losing Sunday that this was a big one to win before going out on the road."

    Sacramento improved the NBA's best home record to 33-4, winning by double digits at Arco Arena for the 24th time.

    Michael Olowokandi scored 23 to lead the Clippers, who lost their third straight and dropped 3 1/2 games behind Utah in the race for the eighth playoff spot in the West.

    Wallace got the start after Hedo Turkoglu came down with a case of food poisoning prior to the game from eating a bad chicken quesadilla. The Kings were already without their regular starting small forward as Predrag Stojakovic missed his third consecutive game with a sore hamstring.

    Wallace finished the first quarter with 10 points and four rebounds, and his point total would have been higher if a pair of layups hadn't rolled in and out.

    "I wasn't at all excited, I was highly nervous," Wallace said. "The nervous part took over the excited part, so I didn't have a chance to enjoy it."

    Wallace scored Sacramento's first four points of the second quarter, but the Clippers closed the half with a 7-2 run after Vlade Divac picked up his third foul to cut their halftime deficit to 52-45.

    Brand's only field goal in the game was a dunk with 8.5 seconds remaining in the half.

    The Clippers went on a 9-0 run early in the third to pull to 62-56. But Christie hit a 3-pointer, finished a fast break with a dunk and converted a free throw after a technical foul on Olowokandi as part of a 10-2 run that gave the Kings a 14-point lead.

    A 6-0 run got the Clippers within five, and Sacramento led 79-72 entering the fourth. The Clippers stayed within striking range as Olowokandi hit a pair of jump hooks early in the fourth. But Webber and Mike Bibby scored after offensive rebounds and Bobby Jackson made consecutive layups for a 95-79 lead with six minutes left.

    "Every time there was a key rebound, they came up with the ball and scored," Clippers guard Jeff McInnis said. "They worked harder than us."

    Game notes

    The Kings improved to 13-1 on Tuesdays. ... The Clippers lost for the first time this season when Turner Sports televised the game. They had been 4-0 on national television, 6-0 dating back to 1997. ... The Clippers have lost eight straight at Arco. ... Coach Rick Adelman said he expects Stojakovic to return at some point during the upcoming trip. "It feels better, but he still hasn't gone out and just busted out running. We're going to have to have him do some sprints and see how he feels," Adelman said. ... Clippers guard Corey Maggette, out since Feb. 22 with two broken bones in his right hand, said he expects to be activated Friday.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 90 107
    FGM-FGA 37-80 (.463) 44-93 (.473)
    3PM-3PA 7-12 (.583) 2-10 (.200)
    FTM-FTA 9-14 (.643) 17-21 (.810)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-35 18-50
    Assists 24 23
    Turnovers 14 10
    Steals 7 9
    Blocks 8 5
    Fast Break Points 4 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (1/0) 16 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    Michael Olowokandi Olowokandi
    Points: 23
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 4
    Chris Webber Webber
    Points: 35
    Reb: 13
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 2