Stojakovic scores season-high 30 as Kings roll on


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Peja Stojakovic appears back in a
groove, which gives opponents of the Sacramento Kings one more
thing to worry about.

Stojakovic scored a season-high 30 points and had eight rebounds
Sunday night, leading the Kings to a 106-98 victory over the
Memphis Grizzlies.

Injuries have plagued Stojakovic. He missed 10 games earlier
this season with a foot problem and returned without his usual
accurate shooting touch.

He had no shooting problems against the Grizzlies, making three
3-pointers and was 12-of-19 overall.

"I'm making some shots, I feel good, my confidence is getting
back,'' said Stojakovic, who has averaged 27 points and made 31 of
52 shots the past three games. "This is the first time this season
I felt like I moved good.''

Sacramento had 32 assists, one short of its season high. Four of
the five starters had six or more assists.

"We've been in a groove for a while, playing like we expect to
play,'' Chris Webber said.

It was the Grizzlies' 10th straight defeat in Sacramento, where
they have dropped 15 of 16 games in franchise history.

"It's not that special coming back here because we always
lose,'' former King Jason Williams said.

The Kings ran the break with efficiency and shot well from the
perimeter, building a 14-point halftime lead and went into the
fourth quarter ahead 90-74.

The Grizzlies cut the lead to six points midway through the
fourth period, but Vlade Divac made a shot from close range and
converted a baseline dunk off a pass from Stojakovic, giving the
Kings a 101-91 lead with 3:32 remaining.

"We were looking like 'here we come,' like we always do,''
Memphis coach Hubie Brown said. "We had two turnovers, call
timeout, run a fast break, take a 3. Nobody has scored on us in the
open floor like the Kings did tonight.''

Webber had 22 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for the Kings,
who meet the Dallas Mavericks for the first time Wednesday night at

"Dallas is one of those games to see where you are,'' Divac
said. "You want to see how well you match up with them.''

Mike Bibby scored 17 points and had six assists, while Doug
Christie added 13 points and nine assists.

Pau Gasol had 26 points, 12 rebounds and six turnovers for
Memphis, which lost its third straight game and is 1-16 this year
on the road.

"We have to get some wins in a row to be a better team,'' Gasol

Reserve Drew Gooden scored 17 points, Williams had 13 points and
seven assists, while Stromile Swift added 13 points and nine

Game notes
Sacramento is an NBA-best 22-1 when leading at the half.
... Memphis missed all 11 3-point attempts. ... The Kings had 12
assists in the first quarter when they outscored Memphis 37-24. ...
The Grizzlies are 11-12 since losing 13 straight games to open the