Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/15

Game 1: Friday, November 15th
Game 2: Thursday, January 30th
Game 3: Friday, February 14th
Game 4: Tuesday, April 8th

Kings 95

(33-14, 15-11 away)

SuperSonics 77

(20-24, 9-11 home)

    7:00 PM ET, January 30, 2003

    Key Arena, Seattle, WA

    1 2 3 4 T
    SAC 29 20 22 2495
    SEA 23 24 15 1577

    Top Performers

    Sac: J. Jackson 21 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Sea: R. Lewis 25 Pts, 7 Reb

    No Webber, no problem for Kings vs. Sonics

    SEATTLE (AP) -- Even without Chris Webber, the Sacramento Kings can still generate plenty of punch.


    Hedo Turkoglu moved into the starting lineup and scored 22 points, while the newest All-Star, Peja Stojakovic, had 17 points and 14 rebounds as Sacramento defeated the Seattle SuperSonics 95-77 Thursday night.

    Jim Jackson added 21 for the Kings, who snapped a three-game losing streak despite playing their first game without Webber -- out three weeks after spraining his left ankle in Tuesday's loss to Utah.

    "If this is the path we have to take to get a championship, I'd rather take the hard way and go through the adversity,'' Jackson said. "When it comes to the tough times in the playoffs, we'll have been through everything.''

    Jackson helped clinch the victory when he got behind Kenny Anderson under the hoop, caught a pass from Doug Christie in midair and put in a reverse layup for an 83-67 lead with 5:55 to play.

    "Doug and I made eye contact,'' Jackson said. "I just on sprinted through there and laid it up.''

    Rashard Lewis scored 25 points on 10-of-18 shooting, providing the only consistent offense for the Sonics. Gary Payton and Anderson each finished with 12 points and Desmond Mason scored 11.

    It was an ugly second half, especially for the Sonics, and things deteriorated in the final 10 seconds when Mason and Sacramento's Damon Jones got into a pushing match and were ejected.

    "I let a guy like that get me riled up, which I really regret,'' Mason said.

    Seattle trailed 49-47 at the break but everything turned in the third quarter. Seattle shot 6-of-16 and committed five turnovers, helping the Kings extend their lead to 71-62 going into the fourth.

    "That team is the best in the league, right?'' said Seattle coach Nate McMillan. "They played like it, and it's as simple as that.''

    The Sonics, who shot 36 percent, were disorganized and sloppy in the final period. They managed only four offensive rebounds through three quarters and their pick-and-rolls stalled on just about every trip downcourt.

    "We just tried to drive them to the baseline and get help from the weak side, do that to disrupt their shooters,'' Stojakovic said. "That was the main thing, then get the rebound and run.''

    The Kings capitalized, going on a 12-2 run over a six-minute span midway through the fourth.

    Stojakovic, chosen to replace Webber on the All-Star team earlier in the day, shot 7-of-20, but he swished a big 3-pointer with 6:27 remaining to give the Kings an 81-67 lead.

    "I believe they kind of gave up in the fourth quarter,'' Stojakovic said. "I could feel that when we got up by 10 points.''

    Anderson, who shot 4-of-16 with one assist, disagreed with that assessment.

    "I don't think so,'' he said. "We didn't give up. They just got all the breaks.''

    Jackson scored his reverse layup on the next Kings' possession.

    Game notes

    Sonics G Brent Barry missed his third straight game with left knee tendinitis. ... With Vladimir Radmanovic on the injured list (sprained left ankle), F Ansu Sesay made his third career start. ... Turkoglu scored 11 first-quarter points, shooting 4-of-6. He started six games earlier this season. ... Bill Bradley, the former Knicks star and ex-U.S. Senator, sat courtside with Sonics chairman Howard Schultz. ... Kings G Mike Bibby clipped his fingernails while taking a break on the bench in the second quarter.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 95 77
    FGM-FGA 38-86 (.442) 30-83 (.361)
    3PM-3PA 7-22 (.318) 5-9 (.556)
    FTM-FTA 12-14 (.857) 12-17 (.706)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 6-47 7-47
    Assists 25 15
    Turnovers 5 11
    Steals 5 5
    Blocks 6 5
    Fast Break Points 4 2
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (2/0) 16 (3/0)

    Top Performers

    Jim Jackson Jackson
    Points: 21
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Rashard Lewis Lewis
    Points: 25
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0