MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Experience trumped youth as the Sacramento
Kings rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat the Memphis Grizzlies
104-98 Thursday night.
Chris Webber had 26 points and Peja Stojakovic added 22 as the
Kings rallied in the fourth quarter to complete a sweep of the four-game season series.
"In the fourth quarter we got it close and I think our
experience took over, even though we made some bonehead plays,"
Webber said. "To be a team like ours, you've got to ... go through
some playoff experiences that are tough.
"You have to lose and you have to knock your head against the
wall, so we've earned the right to win these games."
Webber also had 10 rebounds and seven assists, and Mike Bibby
had 18 points and eight assists.
The Kings began their push by holding Memphis without a field
goal for the first 6½ minutes of the fourth quarter.
Sacramento took its first lead when Vlade Divac, who had 13
points and 11 rebounds for the night, hit a free throw with 8:49
left to make it 86-85.
Memphis eventually fought back to a 97-96 lead on Jason
Williams' 3-pointer with 1:14 left, but the Kings scored eight
straight points and the Grizzlies never recovered.
"They made their shots within 1:14. That is what the NBA is all
about," said Grizzlies coach Hubie Brown.
Memphis took an 84-79 lead into the final period, but the Kings
went on an 11-1 run to lead 90-85 on an 18-footer by Hedo Turkoglu
with 7:12 left. During that run, the Grizzlies missed nine shots in
"It seemed like we kept closing it to one or two and we
couldn't get over the hump. In the fourth quarter, we made some big
shots and we got some stops. But we waited a long time to do it,"
Kings coach Rick Adelman said.
The Grizzlies held a 60-55 lead at the half, getting 18 points
Memphis was up by 12 points three times in the second period,
the last time at 47-35 on a 12-foot turnaround hook by Gasol with
The Grizzlies' Drew Gooden said Memphis has let too many games
slip away in the closing minutes.
"We've got the first three quarters down all right," Gooden
said. "I don't know what it's going to take to get that fourth
The Grizzlies' Stromile Swift and Wesley Person were
sidelined with injuries, Swift with a sprained right hand and
Person with a sore right index finder. Person broke the finger Dec.
22 and was taken off the injured list on Jan. 17. ... The Kings are
4-10 when trailing after the third period. ... The Kings hold a
26-6 advantage in the series. ... As a promotion, the Grizzlies
offered free tickets to fans showing up in short pants and had 115
takes in the announced crowd of 13,228. At game's end, the
temperature outside was 15 degrees. ... Gooden drew two technicals
in the game, the second with 6:07 remaining after slamming the ball
on the floor when called for a foul.