INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- After getting pushed around for two games,
Sacramento did the dirty work on the glass.
Peja Stojakovic scored 26 points and Sacramento used a big
rebounding advantage in the second half to defeat the Indiana
Pacers 103-98 Tuesday night.
Chris Webber, who added 22 points and 14 rebounds, said his team
had added motivation after turning a 21-point lead into an 11-point
loss Monday at Detroit.
"It's not good playing us a night after we embarrassed
ourselves like we did in Detroit," Webber said.
The Kings trailed by 13 early, then got physical underneath in
the second half.
Scot Pollard led the charge off the bench, grabbing a rebound
off his own miss for a basket for a 62-60 lead. The Kings
outrebounded the Pacers 16-11 in the third and 16-7 in the fourth.
Sacramento shut out Indiana on the offensive glass in the
fourth, 8-0, including four by Pollard. The Kings outscored the
Pacers 23-9 on second-chance points. Pollard finished with 13
points and a season-high 16 rebounds.
"He's our banger. He's our construction worker," Webber said.
Still, the lead was swapped eight times in the fourth quarter
until Webber gave Sacramento the lead for good with six straight
points. His tip-in made it 88-86 with 2:44 left.
Webber had an awful night from the floor, missing one jumper
after another. He missed nine of his first 11 shots before bouncing
back with nine points in the fourth.
The Pacers pulled within one on Reggie Miller's 3-pointer with
1:44 remaining, but the Kings stretched the lead back to seven.
Jermaine O'Neal's 3-pointer and two free throws by Ron Artest
cut the gap to 99-96, but that was as close as the Pacers would
get. Four free throws down the stretch sealed it for the Kings.
"We needed an ugly win," Webber said. "We've been winning
pretty or losing games we shouldn't lose. To win a game like this
when guys are missing shots means we did it with hard work."
And by taking more free throws.
The Kings went 32-for-43 from the line while the Pacers were
"If we rebound the basketball and make free throws, we win this
one going away," Pacers coach Isiah Thomas said.
O'Neal led the Pacers with 24 points and Artest had 23. Jamaal
Tinsley had 10 assists and Reggie Miller added 15 points.
"It seemed like we stopped them and they'd get the rebound and
score again," O'Neal said.
The Pacers had their regular starting five _ Reggie and Brad
Miller, O'Neal, Artest, and Tinsley -- together for the first time
since March 8.
The Pacers were trying to avenge a lopsided loss in early March
when they accused the Kings of running up the score.
Indiana had all the fun early, racing to a 15-2 lead as the
Kings missed nine of their first 10 shots. The Pacers pushed the
lead to 52-43 at halftime. The Kings turned it around in the third,
with Stojakovic and Webber combining for 11 points.
Tinsley played his first game since March 22 following last
week's death of his mother. Thomas said there was no doubt Tinsley
would start. "I think it would be incredibly cruel of me as a
coach if a guy lost his starting position because his mother
died," Thomas said. ... Tinsley was whistled for a flagrant foul
in the third. ... Indiana's regular starting five is 18-15 this
season. ... Kings guard Jim Jackson didn't play because of a
stomach virus. ... Sacramento's 39 rebounds matched the most
allowed by the Pacers this season.