Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/3

Game 1: Sunday, November 3rd
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Game 2: Sunday, January 5th
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Heat 70

(12-21, 6-11 away)

Kings 96

(25-9, 15-2 home)

    Coverage: FSBAY

    6:00 PM ET, January 5, 2003

    Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIA 12 22 22 1470
    SAC 23 22 30 2196

    Top Performers

    Miami: C. Butler 16 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Sacramento: M. Bibby 22 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Heat never pose threat in Sacramento

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Chris Webber sat out Sacramento's game against Miami Sunday night. Keon Clark made sure the Kings didn't miss him.

    Playing in place of Webber, Clark finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds and eight rebounds as the Kings never trailed in defeating Miami 96-70 and improving to 15-2 at home.

    ``I thought Keon was terrific all night long,'' Kings coach Rick Adelman said. ``He was so active. Anything they had coming to the basket, he was there.''

    Webber, Sacramento's leading scorer, was out with a bruised left knee.

    Clark needed just two blocks for his first career triple-double but left the game early in the fourth quarter.

    ``I don't pay any attention to stuff like that. If I do, that means I ain't playing the game right,'' said Clark, who had seven blocks in the first half.

    Mike Bibby led the Kings with 22 points, despite shooting poorly in the first half. However, he made his first five shots of the second half and scored 12 points in the third quarter when the Kings outscored the Heat 30-22.

    Bibby made a jumper with 2.2 seconds left and NBA steals leader Doug Christie swiped the inbounds pass and hit a shot at the buzzer, putting Sacramento ahead 75-56 entering the fourth.

    ``I just let the game come to me (in the second half), I wasn't trying to press anything,'' Bibby said. ``I think in the second half we were more aggressive.''

    Miami made just one of its first 11 shots and just one of 10 to start the second half. The Heat, who were without leading scorer Eddie Jones, shot 29.8 percent (28-of-94) for the game.

    ``Obviously we didn't get off to a good start,'' Miami coach Pat Riley said. ``It was a horrible start. When you shoot 29 percent you're not going to beat anyone.''

    Jim Jackson, who played for the Heat last season, scored 14 points for Sacramento. Vlade Divac had 11 points and 12 rebounds, while Peja Stojakovic added 12 points for the Kings.

    Caron Butler scored 16 points for Miami. Eddie House had 13 points and Brian Grant added eight points and 12 rebounds.

    ``Its almost like we've done a complete 360,'' Grant said. ``We had a few good games heading into the new year, now on defense were not guarding anyone, and offensively were missing good shots.''

    Game notes


    The Kings are 20-0 this year when leading after three quarters. ... Miami coach Pat Riley was given a technical for protesting a goaltending call in the third quarter. ... Divac missed all eight of his first-half shots. ... Miami starting guard Mike James missed 11 of 12 shots.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    MIA
    SAC
    Points 70 96
    FGM-FGA 28-94 (.298) 35-80 (.438)
    3PM-3PA 2-9 (.222) 9-19 (.474)
    FTM-FTA 12-20 (.600) 17-24 (.708)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 22-57 9-55
    Assists 11 19
    Turnovers 14 14
    Steals 5 9
    Blocks 5 14
    Fast Break Points 2 1
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (2/0) 16 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Miami
    Sacramento
    Caron Butler Butler
    Points: 16
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Mike Bibby Bibby
    Points: 22
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1