Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/13

Game 1: Wednesday, November 13th
Game 2: Sunday, December 22nd
Game 3: Monday, January 20th
Game 4: Tuesday, March 18th

Kings 102

(30-11, 13-9 away)

Warriors 80

(17-23, 12-10 home)

    Coverage: FSBAY

    1:00 PM ET, January 20, 2003

    ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    SAC 32 15 32 23102
    GS 21 16 19 2480

    Top Performers

    Sac: C. Webber 16 Pts, 8 Reb, 8 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    GS: J. Richardson 28 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl

    Stojakovic, Kings pull away in third quarter

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Chris Webber played only one season for the Golden State Warriors, and 10 years later he still believes the gym belongs to him.

    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 victory.

    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 each other.''

    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 third quarter.

    "This was hard to swallow,'' Jamison said. "They have too many weapons.''

    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 wins.

    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.

    Murphy was involved in a fight with the Portland Trail Blazers on Dec. 20.

    Game notes

    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!''

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 102 80
    FGM-FGA 43-84 (.512) 30-94 (.319)
    3PM-3PA 5-11 (.455) 3-16 (.188)
    FTM-FTA 11-15 (.733) 17-24 (.708)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-45 25-54
    Assists 29 21
    Turnovers 14 18
    Steals 12 8
    Blocks 8 5
    Fast Break Points 10 2
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (1/0) 14 (2/0)

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Chris Webber Webber
    Points: 16
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 2
    Jason Richardson Richardson
    Points: 28
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0