Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 10/31

Game 1: Thursday, October 31st
Trail Blazers72Final
Game 2: Saturday, November 23rd
Trail Blazers94
Game 3: Saturday, December 28th
Trail Blazers119Final
Game 4: Saturday, March 22nd
Trail Blazers104

Kings 113

(49-21, 19-15 away)

Trail Blazers 104

(44-25, 23-11 home)

    Coverage: KXTV

    7:00 PM ET, March 22, 2003

    Moda Center, Portland, OR

    1 2 3 4 T
    SAC 21 28 42 22113
    POR 31 22 22 29104

    Top Performers

    Sacramento: C. Webber 25 Pts, 15 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl

    Portland: R. Wallace 31 Pts, 6 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl

    Kings widen Pacific Division lead to 4½ games

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Sacramento Kings put another game between them and second-place Portland, but the third quarter showed the gap is a lot wider than 4 games.



    Peja Stojakovic scored 30 points and Chris Webber had 25 points, 15 rebounds and six assists as the Kings rode a dominant third quarter to a 113-104 win.

    Mike Bibby added 23 points and eight assists for the Kings, who won their third in a row and eighth in 10 games.

    The Kings put on a show in the third period, going 18-for-22 from the floor and befuddling Portland with an array of jumpers and drives that left the Blazers looking more like a lottery team than a top-tier playoff contender.

    "I see that playoff swagger coming,'' Webber said. "We're coming together and getting our swagger back, talking to each other, getting each other pumped up and playing D.''

    Sacramento turned a four-point halftime deficit into a 16-point lead behind 42 points -- a season-high both for the Kings offensively and Portland defensively.

    "In the third quarter we just shot the heck out of the ball,'' Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "We just lit it up. We kind of got them on their heels and they didn't know what hit them.''

    Bibby, Webber and Stojakovic led the way, combining for 33 points in the period.

    "(Stojakovic) was just stroking it out there and kept moving farther and farther out,'' Adelman said. "Winning a game like this against a good team that had a chance to move in closer to us was terrific.''

    Stojakovic was 5-for-5 in the quarter, including 3-for-3 on 3-pointers.

    "You should see him in practice,'' Webber said. "I've seen him so hot in practice that we had to stop practice because everything he throws up is going in and there's no reason to execute.''

    Rasheed Wallace had 31 points, six rebounds and four assists to lead the Blazers, who lost for the third time in five games and fell into a tie with Minnesota for fourth place in the Western Conference.

    "The third quarter was bad,'' Portland coach Maurice Cheeks said. "What can I say?''

    The Blazers made things interesting in the fourth, opening the quarter with a 9-2 run in the first two minutes, and following that with another 9-2 spurt to get within six points.

    But in the end, the Blazers couldn't stop Webber and Stojakovic.

    "They're a jump shot-shooting team,'' Blazers guard Antonio Daniels said. "What we can't allow to happen and what we did allow to happen is give them easy shots.''

    Doug Christie had 14 points and five rebounds for the Kings, whose starters accounted for 99 of the 113 points.

    Portland closed the first quarter with a 15-4 run after a blistering opening six minutes by both teams.

    When the first mandatory timeout came with 5:48 to go in the first, Portland was 9-for-11 from the floor while the Kings were 8-for-12. The up-and-down early action had a sellout crowd -- including a sizable Sacramento rooting section -- on its feet.

    While both teams' shooting cooled off from there, the Kings went through an extended drought and fell behind by as many as 13 points, shooting just 39.6 percent for the half.

    But Bibby kept Sacramento in the game with 10 second-quarter points and sparked a 7-0 run midway through the quarter to trim the deficit to three.

    Wallace was nearly unstoppable in the first half, going 8-of-10 from the floor for 17 points. Derek Anderson had 11 points and five assists, and Damon Stoudamire had eight assists in the opening half, finishing with 11.

    Wallace picked up a technical with 9:14 to go in the fourth, arguing a foul call from almost two minutes earlier.

    Game notes

    Sacramento is 15-4 since the All-Star break, third-best behind Philadelphia and San Antonio. ... Portland is 4-3 without Pippen in the lineup, 3-3 since his most-recent knee injury. ... The Blazers fell to 20-3 when scoring at least 100 points. ... Sacramento is 32-10 when scoring 100 points. ... Anderson had to leave the game with 10:31 to go in the third after his head collided with Bibby's shoulder. He had a sore neck and a headache, but returned.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 113 104
    FGM-FGA 46-90 (.511) 40-85 (.471)
    3PM-3PA 7-16 (.438) 7-21 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 14-14 (1.000) 17-23 (.739)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-41 8-39
    Assists 30 28
    Turnovers 12 13
    Steals 9 7
    Blocks 2 0
    Fast Break Points 7 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 17 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Chris Webber Webber
    Points: 25
    Reb: 15
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Rasheed Wallace Wallace
    Points: 31
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0