SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- One night after their most lopsided loss of the season, the Sacramento Kings looked a whole lot better against the "bleak'' Toronto Raptors.
Chris Webber had 26 points and 10 rebounds Friday night as the
Kings never trailed in defeating the Raptors 119-84.
The victory, Sacramento's eighth straight at home, came after the Kings' 25-point defeat Thursday night in Phoenix. The Kings moved 3½ games ahead of Portland in the Pacific Division.
"We came out with a lot of energy tonight,'' Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "We played a solid game throughout. I was glad to see us open it up in the third quarter.''
Looking like a losing team in the middle of a five-game road trip, the Raptors showed little enthusiasm.
"Right now it's pretty bleak,'' Toronto coach Lenny Wilkens said. "I thought we came out in a better frame of mind, we just couldn't make it happen. I'll continue to push them and make them understand that they are professionals and professionals don't quit.''
Passing well and running its offense with precision, Sacramento
built a 30-16 first quarter lead. Toronto played marginally better
in the second quarter, but shot 31 percent in the first half and trailed 60-39.
Webber benefited most from a season-high 36 assists by the
Kings. He made 13 of 20 shots and also had five assists and two
blocks. Webber said revenge was a factor. Sacramento had lost at
Toronto earlier in the season.
"We wanted to beat them from the last time,'' Webber said. "This is a team we should beat, looking at our record. This is the way we play at home; being here makes a big difference.''
Divac missed the Phoenix game and several practices this week
after coming down with bronchitis.
"I was in bed for two days, I was weak,'' Divac said. "I feel a little weak after the game. I'm glad we won, after the game last time it feels good.''
The Raptors have lost five straight games at Arco Arena.
Like most of the Raptors, Carter struggled in the opening half,
shooting 2-of-8 and scoring six points. He finished with 16. Morris
Peterson also scored 16 points and Jerome Williams had 11.
"We couldn't get anything going out there,'' Williams said.
"In terms of defense, it wasn't terrible, but it wasn't good
enough to meet the intensity of an offensive-minded team. They were
definitely out for blood tonight.''
The Kings are back at Arco Arena for a Sunday afternoon game
against Dallas, a team they have beaten all three times this season.
"One of the hardest things to do is sweep a quality team,''
Adelman said. "You've got to believe they will come in here trying
to prove a point.''
Toronto started the game missing 18 of 21 shots. Sacramento
finished 15-0 at home against the Eastern Conference, becoming the
fourth team in NBA history to perform the feat. ... Kings reserve
forward Lawrence Funderburke missed the game to be with his wife,
who gave birth to the couple's first child Wednesday night. ...
Carter sat out the fourth quarter and played 29 minutes.