BOSTON (AP) -- Chris Webber knew he wanted the ball with the game
on the line. Taking a 3-pointer wasn't in his plans.
Webber made the game-winning basket with 4.6 seconds left -- just
his fifth 3-pointer this season -- to atone for a pair of missed
free throws seconds earlier and lead the Sacramento Kings to a 93-92 victory over the Boston Celtics on Friday night.
"I don't know if that's ever happened,'' Webber said when asked about the last time he made a 3 to win a game. "But I knew I wanted to take it. Because I missed the free throws, I had to take the 3.''
The Kings led by 19 in the third quarter, but Boston mounted a 15-2 run and took the lead in the final minute thanks to 18 fourth-quarter points from Paul Pierce. He scored 40 in all, but missed a well-defended pull-up jumper at the buzzer that would have won it.
Webber scored 11 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter and added 11 rebounds. But he blew a chance to put the Kings ahead with 14.4 seconds left when, trailing 91-90, he missed two from the foul line.
The Celtics got the rebound and passed the ball to J.R. Bremer,
who was fouled. Bremer made the first free throw and missed the
second to give Boston a 92-90 lead.
After a timeout, Webber got the ball near the top of the key,
lined up the open shot and sank the game-winner.
"After missing two free throws to step up and make that 3, it
took a lot of guts,'' said Antoine Walker, who was guarding Webber
down the stretch. "That was the last thing we thought they'd do.''
Webber entered the game just 4-for-17 from 3-point range.
"Of all the guys they had on the floor, Chris Webber was the
least likely person to take that kind of shot,'' Pierce said. "It
was a good play. They went out there and went for the win. A guy
shoots a 3 who rarely shoots a 3 and knocks it down.
"Their superstar player stepped up.''
Mike Bibby had 12 points, 10 assists and six steals for the
Kings, who beat Boston for the sixth consecutive time and won for
the ninth time in 10 games overall.
Walker had 15 points and 10 assists for the Celtics, who could
have clinched a playoff berth and a winning record with a victory.
Sacramento led by nine, 13-4, just four minutes into the game.
Boston cut it to two points later in the first quarter before
quickly falling behind again and trailing 56-40 at the half.
The Kings led by 19 with 7:02 left in the third and held a 70-56
advantage before the Celtics scored the last nine points of the
quarter and then outscored Sacramento 6-2 to start the fourth and
make it 72-71.
The national anthem was sung by Kay Hanley of Letters to
Cleo. During the song, photos from the war in Iraq were shown on
the scoreboard. ... Tony Battie didn't start for Boston because of
lingering knee problems. ... Walker missed practice on Thursday
with knee tendinitis but started and played 46 minutes. ...
Sacramento's bench outscored Boston's 30-12.