Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 3/9

Game 1: Sunday, March 9th
Game 2: Tuesday, April 1st

Kings 103

(53-22, 21-16 away)

Pacers 98

(43-31, 30-8 home)

    Coverage: FSBAY

    7:00 PM ET, April 1, 2003

    Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN

    1 2 3 4 T
    SAC 17 26 23 37103
    IND 23 29 14 3298

    Top Performers

    Sacramento: P. Stojakovic 26 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl

    Indiana: J. O'Neal 24 Pts, 10 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 Blk

    Stojakovic score 26 points, while Webber adds 22

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- After getting pushed around for two games, Sacramento did the dirty work on the glass.

     Peja Stojakovic

    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 21-of-32.

    "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.

    Mike Bibby added 17 points for the Kings.

    Game notes
    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.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 103 98
    FGM-FGA 33-86 (.384) 37-91 (.407)
    3PM-3PA 5-16 (.313) 3-17 (.176)
    FTM-FTA 32-43 (.744) 21-32 (.656)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 17-56 11-47
    Assists 22 27
    Turnovers 15 11
    Steals 9 9
    Blocks 7 4
    Fast Break Points 9 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (1/0) 27 (0/1)

    Top Performers

    Peja Stojakovic Stojakovic
    Points: 26
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Jermaine O'Neal O'Neal
    Points: 24
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 3