The Sacramento Kings star had another big game against his
former team Monday, finishing with 16 points, eight rebounds, eight
assists, two blocked shots and a steal in the Kings' 102-80
It's no wonder Webber feels so comfortable playing where he
began his NBA career -- the Kings brought 45 busloads of fans and
dominated the arena.
Webber received a mix of boos and cheers. He saluted a couple of
fans who had been heckling him all game as he walked off the court
after the final buzzer.
"I said 'See ya next year,''' Webber said with a smile. "Hey,
I loved it. (My teammates) don't want me to lose here. We play for
Peja Stojakovic scored 11 of his 16 points in the third quarter
as the Kings pulled away for good to beat the Warriors for the 13th
straight time and 29th in the past 35 meetings.
"Guess what, guys? This wasn't the first time the Warriors have
lost to the Kings,'' first-year Golden State coach Eric Musselman
said. "This is 13 straight. There's no news flash there.''
Vlade Divac added 16 points and 11 rebounds and Mike Bibby had
15 points, nine assists and three steals. The Kings' defense kept
Warriors' leading scorer Antawn Jamison in check.
He managed only two points on four shots in the first half with
one rebound, and finished with seven points on seven shots and
three rebounds. Frustrated with the effort and productivity of his
starters, Musselman sat all five at once for one stretch in the
"This was hard to swallow,'' Jamison said. "They have too many
Jason Richardson led Golden State with 28 points on his 22nd
birthday, including three straight dunks to start the game. Troy
Murphy added 13 points and 15 rebounds, but the Warriors couldn't
overcome 31 percent shooting.
The Pacific Division-leading Kings (30-11), who led by as many
as 28, joined the Dallas Mavericks as the only NBA teams with 30
Stojakovic, who wore a protective sleeve over his left foot and
lower shin in the first half, led a 10-0 spurt to start the second
half, making a 3-pointer, a three-point play and a layin during the
run as the Kings built a 57-37 lead. He hit another 3 with 3:42
left in the period to make it 74-47.
Stojakovic is close to 100 percent again after struggling with
inflamed tissue in his right heel earlier in the season.
"Peja's been playing great through the last week and a half,''
coach Rick Adelman said. "He's just been on fire.''
Sacramento pushed the ball in transition early but the Warriors
ran the floor and denied the Kings several easy baskets just on
hustle. Both teams were sloppy with the ball.
The Kings outscored the Warriors 14-2 to end the first quarter
and took advantage of Golden State's cold shooting. The Kings held
the Warriors without a basket for 4:34, and shot 63.6 percent in
the first quarter (14-of-22).
Golden State shot 31 percent in the first half, but stayed
within 47-37 at halftime thanks to 13 offensive rebounds.
Murphy and Keon Clark each were whistled for technical fouls
midway through the second quarter after they pushed each other and
exchanged words. Murphy grabbed Clark as he was driving to the hoop
to keep him from scoring an easy basket. No punches were thrown.
The Warriors had two shot-clock violations in the first
half. ... The Kings again allowed their opponent more trips to the
free-throw line, but it was nothing like their last game, a 112-107
road loss to the Clippers in which Los Angeles held a 46-7
advantage at the line. ... Sacramento had lost two straight on the
road. ... Doug Christie received stitches for a cut at the base of
his index finger. He left the game with 10:44 left in the third
quarter and did not return. Christie said he thinks another
player's finger cut him. ... Richardson had four dunks. ... Fans
booed the Warriors and some hollered, "Bad effort!''