Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 2/20

Game 1: Thursday, February 20th
Game 2: Friday, April 4th

Kings 93

(55-22, 23-16 away)

Celtics 92

(41-35, 24-14 home)

    8:00 PM ET, April 4, 2003

    TD Garden, Boston, MA

    1 2 3 4 T
    SAC 29 27 14 2393
    BOS 20 20 25 2792

    Top Performers

    Sac: C. Webber 27 Pts, 11 Reb, 3 Ast

    Bos: P. Pierce 40 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl

    Webber beats Celtics with late, unlikely 3-pointer

    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.

    Game notes

    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.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 93 92
    FGM-FGA 38-84 (.452) 32-73 (.438)
    3PM-3PA 6-20 (.300) 8-25 (.320)
    FTM-FTA 11-19 (.579) 20-33 (.606)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-46 8-37
    Assists 24 23
    Turnovers 19 18
    Steals 13 10
    Blocks 2 1
    Fast Break Points 4 5
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (0/0) 17 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Chris Webber Webber
    Points: 27
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Paul Pierce Pierce
    Points: 40
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0