Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/27

Game 1: Wednesday, November 27th
Game 2: Tuesday, December 3rd
Game 3: Friday, January 10th
Game 4: Wednesday, March 5th

Kings 98

(15-5, 10-0 home)

    Coverage: FSBAY

    7:00 PM ET, December 3, 2002

    Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIN 20 26 22 1886
    SAC 28 20 26 2498

    Top Performers

    Minnesota: K. Garnett 18 Pts, 16 Reb, 9 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Sacramento: C. Webber 22 Pts, 11 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk

    Jackson hits for 24 as Kings win 10th in a row at home

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Whenever Bobby Jackson plays against the Minnesota Timberwolves, that extra hop in his step is fueled by loathing.

    Sacramento's Bobby Jackson goes over Minnesota's Kendall Gill for two of his 24 points Tuesday.

    Jackson scored 24 points against the team that cast him aside two years ago, and Chris Webber had 22 points and 11 rebounds as the Sacramento Kings beat Minnesota 98-86 Tuesday night for their 10th consecutive home victory.

    Jackson has played remarkably while filling in for injured point guard Mike Bibby, but he plays at an even different level of intensity against Minnesota. He spent two seasons there before the Wolves let him sign with Sacramento in the summer of 2000.

    ''I've got love for K.G. and the guys I played with, but I just can't stand that organization,'' Jackson said after hitting five 3-pointers and sparking the fourth-quarter rally that put it away.

    ''It's nothing against their players, but I just want to beat the dirt out of them every time we play them, just because of the way they treated me. I want to let them know what they're missing out on.''

    Jackson scored 11 points in the third quarter and Webber made five consecutive shots in the fourth as the Kings survived the stiffest challenge they've faced during their longest season-opening winning streak ever at Arco Arena.

    After sitting out the early part of the fourth, Jackson entered with 5 minutes left and promptly dished to Keon Clark for a thunderous dunk. Jackson then had a three-point play on a sprawling layup during an 18-4 run that iced it.

    ''There's only two teams I really hate losing to: Minnesota and L.A.,'' Jackson said.

    After beating the buzzer with a 3-pointer to end the third quarter -- and again after his big fourth-quarter layup -- Jackson gave a long stare and made an emphatic gesture toward Minnesota coach Flip Saunders.

    ''Bobby has improved a lot. He's still a streaky shooter,'' Saunders said. ''He has a lot of confidence in his ability to hit the 3. He's worked at his game a lot. This is the perfect situation for him.''

    Kevin Garnett had 18 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists -- barely missing his ninth career triple-double. He got his eighth against the Kings last Wednesday in Minneapolis, but the Kings held him to four points on 1-for-5 shooting in the fourth quarter.

    ''When you (face) a team with nine players, you have to find a way to get it done,'' Garnett said. ''I don't think the Kings' style is a danger to us. This is the same team we had down by 20 points (last week).''

    Jackson led six players in double figures for the injury-plagued Kings, who dressed nine players and used only eight. Clark, signed specifically to block shots and help out on defense against tall, thin players like Garnett, added eight rebounds and six blocks.

    Sacramento won for the ninth time in 10 games overall while still playing without starters Peja Stojakovic and Bibby and reserves Scot Pollard, Hedo Turkoglu and Mateen Cleaves.

    The Timberwolves are the only team to beat Sacramento since Nov. 15, but they never got a lead in the clubs' second meeting in a week. Minnesota snapped the Kings' six-game winning streak last week.

    ''It was definitely a payback game,'' said Gerald Wallace, who scored 10 points and helped out on defense against Garnett. ''They're a tough team to match up with, but we did everything we could against K.G., and we minimized their other players.''

    Troy Hudson scored 19 points for Minnesota. Garnett could have had his 10th assist on a pass to Hudson with 1:16 left, but the scorers didn't award one after Hudson ducked under a defender's challenge and took a step forward before hitting the shot.

    The Timberwolves have health problems of their own, with Wally Szczerbiak, Terrell Brandon and Felipe Lopez on the injured list. Rod Strickland scored 10 points in a reserve role, and Kendall Gill had 11.

    The Wolves closed to one point in the second half, but they never tied the game or took a lead.

    Game notes

    Strickland chatted with Kings coach Rick Adelman and assistant Terry Porter at halftime. The three were together in Portland in the 1990s. ... San Francisco 49ers receiver Terrell Owens and Hall of Fame slugger Reggie Jackson sat courtside next to Kings owner Gavin Maloof. In the fourth quarter, Kings mascot Slamson caught a football at midcourt, pulled a pen out of his costume's furry foot and asked Owens to sign the ball. Owens grinningly obliged, then threw the football into the crowd. ... Referee Jim Clark apologized to the Kings for allowing Minnesota to call a timeout after Jackson already had the ball for a foul shot. When Kings fans heckled him, Clark turned and said: ''I said I made a mistake!''

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 86 98
    FGM-FGA 37-85 (.435) 39-83 (.470)
    3PM-3PA 3-9 (.333) 7-15 (.467)
    FTM-FTA 9-12 (.750) 13-21 (.619)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-46 8-41
    Assists 24 21
    Turnovers 16 12
    Steals 5 7
    Blocks 3 9
    Fast Break Points 5 5
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (2/0) 13 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Kevin Garnett Garnett
    Points: 18
    Reb: 16
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 2
    Chris Webber Webber
    Points: 22
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 3