SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The Sacramento Kings won't have much time for film sessions or practice in the next two weeks, so they held a refresher course in rebounding and fundamentals while defeating the Chicago Bulls.
Chris Webber scored 18 points before sitting out the final 16½ minutes as the Kings fixed the rebounding woes that plagued them in the previous two weeks and cruised to their seventh straight victory over the Bulls, who lost their fifth straight road game.
Before entering a stretch of 10 games in 16 days, the Kings held a rough practice Monday and watched game tape that illustrated their mistakes, particularly in a narrow win over Orlando last Sunday. Jackson and his teammates were just as displeased as coach Rick Adelman.
"We got a lot out of looking at what we did wrong and then fixing it tonight,'' Jackson said. "I liked a lot of the things we did tonight. We know what our downfall will be, and we avoided it. It looked like we learned our lesson from the last few games.''
With three games in the next four days, Adelman gave ample
playing time to several reserves. His team took an early lead and
never lost it, stretching the margin to 19 points in the third and
23 in the fourth.
The Kings were outrebounded in each of their previous five games, including a 53-38 deficit against the Magic. But Sacramento hit the boards hard, outrebounding the Bulls 54-34.
Adelman planned to bring back Webber and Vlade Divac midway through the fourth quarter, but his reserves broke the game open several minutes earlier.
"We can't be satisfied with the way we've been playing, but we addressed a lot of problem areas tonight,'' Adelman said. "Even if we won that game against Orlando, that game exposed a lot of holes that we've got to shore up.''
The win pulled the Kings within a half-game of the Sonics atop
the Pacific Division.
Sacramento, which lost only 13 regular-season home games over the past two seasons, is 6-0 at home this season. The Bulls, coached by area native Bill Cartwright, didn't appear rattled by the 138th consecutive sellout crowd at Arco Arena, but they didn't have the inside presence or the speed to stay with the Kings.
"It felt like he was coaching like we had back-to-back games,''
said Jalen Rose, who scored 13 points but didn't appreciate being
limited to just 24 minutes. "I think we got behind, and we just
wanted to see something different. We cut the lead to 10, but they
never had to bring Chris or Vlade back.''
Rookie Lonny Baxter had a career-best 17 points for the Bulls,
leading four reserves who scored in double figures. Eddie Robinson
had 15 points, and Jamal Crawford swished a long 3-pointer at the
buzzer to finish with 16 as Chicago's bench players scored 68
"The Kings are a good team that makes you pay for your
mistakes,'' Cartwright said. "I was disappointed (because) we had
an opportunity to play a really good team to test ourselves. I
didn't feel that we got our best effort out of our guys.''
Sacramento won despite indifferent performances from its
All-Stars. While Webber and Peja Stojakovic were mostly quiet,
Jackson and Christie picked up the slack against Chicago's
Webber had a decent offensive game, shooting 9-for-15 in just 23
minutes, but he was repeatedly beaten while playing defense on
Baxter. Webber got his fifth foul midway through the third quarter
and never returned.
The game was a homecoming for Cartwright, who coached in his
native Central Valley for the first time. Cartwright was born and
raised outside Sacramento with his six sisters -- and all six still
live in the area along with his mother and father, who sat behind
the Bulls' bench wearing Chicago jerseys.
Both teams play road games on Wednesday night. Sacramento
faces the Clippers, and Chicago will play at Golden State. ... The
Kings also blocked 10 shots. ... Divac had seven points, 10
rebounds and six assists. ... Corie Blount, activated from the
Bulls' injured list earlier in the day, got into the game in the
fourth quarter. Chicago put C Dalibor Bagaric on the injured list.