Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 2/11

Game 1: Tuesday, February 11th
Game 2: Wednesday, April 2nd

Wizards 80

(24-26, 7-16 away)

Kings 99

(35-17, 19-4 home)

    Coverage: FSBAY

    7:00 PM ET, February 11, 2003

    Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    WSH 19 20 11 3080
    SAC 25 25 25 2499

    Top Performers

    Washington: L. Hughes 19 Pts, 2 Reb, 4 Ast

    Sacramento: P. Stojakovic 20 Pts, 10 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl

    Stojakovic, Christie propel Kings to easy win

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Along with the rest of the NBA's All-Stars, Peja Stojakovic was properly deferential to Michael Jordan last weekend.

    Peja Stojakovic

    Back in the real world, however, Stojakovic and the Sacramento Kings weren't in the mood for any fond farewells.

    Stojakovic had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Doug Christie had 16 points and 12 rebounds as the Kings opened a seven-game homestand with a 99-80 victory over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night.

    Jordan, in his first game since his celebratory All-Star weekend in Atlanta, had 12 points on 5-of-19 shooting before sitting out the fourth quarter of a blowout loss.

    Barry Bonds, Jerry Rice and Tim Brown all watched Jordan's final Sacramento appearance from courtside -- but Stojakovic and the Kings were the show while snapping their first two-game home losing streak since April 2001 with another methodical victory.

    "It was great to get a chance to play against the greatest player in the world, but it's no different when we we're back in Sacramento,'' said Stojakovic, who defended his 3-point shootout title last weekend. "We need to get a lot of wins in a row.''

    Vlade Divac had 13 points, joining six Kings scoring in double figures, as Sacramento won for the third time in seven games since Chris Webber sprained his ankle on Jan. 28. Sacramento jumped to a 25-point lead in the third quarter and beat Washington at home for the fifth straight time.

    The rest of the Wizards shot just as poorly as Jordan, though they made three of their final four shots to finish with 29.9 percent shooting -- three-tenths better than their worst shooting game of the season.

    Jordan had eight points in the first quarter, but he didn't score again until hitting a jumper with 5:08 left in the third -- part of Washington's 11 points in the quarter on 4-of-25 shooting. It was the lowest-scoring game of Jordan's career against Sacramento.

    "I'm not immune to having bad games,'' Jordan said. "I look forward to bouncing back from them. Sometimes when you have seven days off, the first thing you lose is rhythm. A lot of us didn't have any rhythm tonight.''

    Stojakovic went just 1-for-5 on 3-pointers before leaving early in the fourth quarter with cramps in both of his calves. He also rebounded aggressively in Webber's absence, adding to the Kings' season-high 57 rebounds despite playing with a small lineup for much of the night.

    "We're just trying to maintain position until our (injured) guys get back,'' Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "If we can win games on this homestand, it'll set the tone for the rest of our season. Just because we're at home doesn't mean we're going to win these games.''

    Larry Hughes scored 13 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, even though he missed 10 of his 15 shots. Only one of the Wizards' 10 scorers shot better than 50 percent on the first night of a three-game Western road swing.

    "We played like we had a week off,'' Washington coach Doug Collins said. "The disappointing thing for me was that we played with no edge or determination. What was deflating was that we couldn't make a shot.''

    Washington won its last two before the break, but Sacramento was well on the way to a blowout even before making prolonged runs before and after halftime. Stojakovic scored easily against Jordan's defense, while Christie's stifling defense kept Jordan uncomfortable.

    Jim Jackson sneaked under Jordan's arm for a layup with four seconds left in the third quarter, giving Sacramento a 75-50 lead.

    "I just try to make him work before he gets the ball,'' Christie said. "He's very strong, so if you let him get the ball without working, you're pretty much at his mercy.''

    Sacramento, the NBA's best home team over the past three seasons, won't play on the road again until Feb. 27 -- likely enough time to heal a few of its minor injuries. Only Toronto has lost more man-games to injury this season than the Kings, who have kept winning anyway.

    Bobby Jackson might be back as early as this weekend, pending the results of an X-ray Thursday on his broken hand. Webber might need a bit more time, but he's expected back before the end of the homestand.

    Jerry Stackhouse missed his third straight game with a groin injury for the Wizards, though he traveled with the team.

    Game notes

    Rice, who made his 13th Pro Bowl earlier this month, is four months older than Jordan ... Adelman used his 12th different starting lineup this season. Last season, he used nine. ... Johnnie Baker, the father of former Giants manager Dusty Baker, sat in his usual seat -- wearing a Chicago Cubs hat and jacket.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 80 99
    FGM-FGA 29-97 (.299) 42-95 (.442)
    3PM-3PA 2-6 (.333) 5-15 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 20-25 (.800) 10-11 (.909)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 16-51 12-57
    Assists 15 24
    Turnovers 9 11
    Steals 4 5
    Blocks 4 10
    Fast Break Points 3 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 24 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Larry Hughes Hughes
    Points: 19
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Peja Stojakovic Stojakovic
    Points: 20
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0