Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/22

Game 1: Friday, November 22nd
Game 2: Tuesday, December 17th
Game 3: Saturday, December 21st
Game 4: Thursday, March 13th

Suns 101

(5-5, 1-4 away)

Kings 118

(10-4, 7-0 home)

    7:00 PM ET, November 22, 2002

    Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    PHX 30 19 24 28101
    SAC 29 23 40 26118

    Top Performers

    Phoenix: S. Marbury 39 Pts, 1 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl

    Sacramento: C. Webber 21 Pts, 13 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk

    Jackson leads six Kings in double-figures

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The Sacramento Kings desperately needed a shot of energy, and Bobby Jackson provided it -- again.


    Jackson scored 24 points to lead six players in double figures as the Kings won their fourth straight with a 118-101 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night.

    Sacramento overcame an inconsistent first half to improve to 7-0 at home, beating the Suns in Arco Arena for the fifth straight time.

    Chris Webber added 21 points, 13 rebounds and six assists, while Vlade Divac and Doug Christie scored 18 each and Peja Stojakovic had 14. Hedo Turkoglu came off the bench to score 13.

    Stephon Marbury scored 39 with six 3-pointers and Shawn Marion added 18 points and 10 rebounds for Phoenix, which dropped to 1-4 on the road.

    Sacramento, which had the NBA's best home record last season, has lost just 13 regular-season home games back to the 2000-2001 season.

    Jackson, one of the NBA's top sixth men last season, is thriving in his role as starter in the absence of the injured Mike Bibby.

    "I think I'm playing better than I ever did before,'' Jackson said. "I needed a chance to play. My coaches and teammates believe I have it in me.''

    The Kings picked up their defensive pressure early in the second half after struggling in the first two quarters. Even the 7-foot-1 Divac was jumping out in the passing lanes to get steals as Sacramento began the third period with a 19-2 spurt to build a 20-point lead -- the team's biggest of the game after leading by 10 in the first half. Stojakovic scored seven in a row and Webber had a thundering dunk and two other quick baskets during the run.

    "The game opened up and it was freewheeling for them,'' Suns coach Frank Johnson said.

    Jackson, Webber and Stojakovic have been impressive at home, coming in averaging 18.8, 18.8 and 18.0 points per game, respectively. Jackson was shooting 60 percent from the floor coming in and went 7-of-13.

    He plays so hard, coach Rick Adelman chatted with Jackson earlier Friday about making sure he tells the coach when he needs a break. When the Kings went on their third-quarter run, the last thing Jackson wanted to do was come out, though he was tired. He played 34 minutes.

    "He has been so consistent in his level of play. That's the thing that stands out to me,'' Adelman said.

    Bibby is expected back from foot surgery sometime next month, and Jackson is looking forward to his return.

    "I took a little bang in the back and I'm a little sore,'' he said. "I can't wait for Mike to be back.''

    Sacramento used a 40-point third quarter on the way to scoring at least 100 points for the fourth straight time at home.

    The Suns, who have lost two straight after a four-game winning streak, committed 22 turnovers.

    "You can't turn the ball over on those guys, they're too good,'' Marbury said.

    Sacramento missed its first four shots and also had a turnover before Divac finally got the Kings on the board at the 9:13 mark of the first quarter. But Jake Tsakalidis scored four of the Suns' first five baskets, three on assists by Marbury, who also scored four points early as Phoenix built several 10-point leads. The Suns shot 54.2 percent in the first quarter.

    Jackson almost single-handedly got the Kings back in the game.

    The 6-foot-1 guard swished a 3-pointer over 6-7 Joe Johnson at 4:52 in the first, then made another from long range the next time down the floor against Johnson to pull Sacramento within two. Then Jackson stole the ball on the Suns' next possession, and scored on a layup to tie it at 18.

    "We were kind of treading on a treadmill until he hit those 3's and got the steal and got our energy going,'' Adelman said.

    Sacramento did not lead until Webber scored with 2:55 left in the first. The Kings used a 17-4 run late in the second period to go ahead by as many as 10, but couldn't hold it and led 52-49 at halftime.

    Game notes

    The Suns activated C Jake Voskuhl from the injured list before the game, and placed G Randy Brown on the injured list. Brown has tendinitis in his left knee, which was swelling and hurting during the team's shootaround earlier in the day. ... Friday was the 139th consecutive sellout at Arco Arena. ... The Suns' 22 turnovers were a season-high by a Kings' opponent. ... Phoenix scored a season-high 49 first-half points.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 101 118
    FGM-FGA 36-86 (.419) 41-80 (.513)
    3PM-3PA 7-16 (.438) 8-17 (.471)
    FTM-FTA 22-29 (.759) 28-39 (.718)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 17-47 11-39
    Assists 18 24
    Turnovers 22 18
    Steals 10 13
    Blocks 2 8
    Fast Break Points 4 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 29 (2/0) 22 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Stephon Marbury Marbury
    Points: 39
    Reb: 1
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Chris Webber Webber
    Points: 21
    Reb: 13
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 3