Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/16

Game 1: Sunday, November 16th
Game 2: Friday, December 26th
Game 3: Tuesday, March 9th
Game 4: Wednesday, April 14th

Warriors 104

(4-5, 0-2 away)

Kings 106

(6-4, 5-0 home)

    Coverage: FSBAY

    4:00 PM ET, November 16, 2003

    Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    GS 21 38 16 29104
    SAC 26 25 25 30106

    Top Performers

    GS: J. Richardson 31 Pts, 8 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    Sac: P. Stojakovic 33 Pts, 11 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Sacramento's sixth man heats up in 4th quarter

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Lopsided victories at home have not been the order of business this season for the Sacramento Kings.

    But some of the Kings think blowouts are overrated.

    They remained unbeaten at home with a 5-0 record after a 106-104 victory Sunday over the Golden State Warriors. But unlike previous seasons, Sacramento is making fourth quarters fairly interesting.

    "I think that it is better than going out there and winning by 30," said Kings forward Brad Miller, who just missed his first NBA triple-double with 11 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds. "It is nice to go out there and clean things up by the third quarter, but by having close games it keeps us from getting a big head."

    Peja Stojakovic scored 33 points and Bobby Jackson hit a 3-pointer with 50.4 seconds remaining to lead Sacramento to its 15th consecutive victory over Golden State.

    Jackson has never lost to Golden State since arriving in Sacramento three years ago. But he says the task is getting more difficult for the Kings, who had won the previous 14 games by an average of 17.5 points.

    "I had never thought about how many times we had beaten them (in a row)," Jackson said. "That is a good team, they are playing extremely well. They play hard every night, regardless of who they are playing."

    Hoping to break a streak that dates back to Dec. 20, 1999, Golden State nearly did it the hard way, winning in Sacramento -- where it has lost 11 straight games. But disappointment overcomes effort no matter how great.

    "There isn't really any moral victories," Mike Dunleavy said. "Yeah, it felt good to come close against the Kings, or the Lakers, or whoever it may be. We want to win."

    After Cliff Robinson made a 3-pointer to tie the game at 101, Jackson responded with a 3 from the deep corner, putting Sacramento ahead 104-101.

    A follow shot by Eric Dampier pulled the Warriors to 104-103 with 33 seconds left.

    Stojakovic, who also had 11 rebounds, made two free throws with 1.3 seconds left to secure the win. He made four 3-pointers, 11 of 12 free throws and also had four assists.

    "Peja was terrific tonight," Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "We need him in games like this. He really had a good all-around game."

    Jason Richardson led the Warriors with 31 points and eight rebounds, but missed a driving layup with five seconds left and Miller grabbed the rebound.

    "That's a shot you know you can make," Richardson said. "It goes in or it goes out. And I just didn't put it high enough. I usually make that shot."

    Stojakovic, who also had 11 rebounds, made two free throws with 1.3 seconds left to secure the win.

    Jackson scored 12 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter. Mike Bibby had 13 points. Gerald Wallace had 11 points and eight rebounds and Vlade Divac added 11 points and seven rebounds.

    Robinson scored 16 points, Dunleavy had 14, Eric Dampier had 11 points and 15 rebounds and Brian Cardinal added 11 points for Golden State.

    After a poor first half, the Kings took control in the third, closing the quarter with an 18-5 run to assume a 76-75 lead.

    Benefiting from the Kings' poor shooting and even worse defense, the Warriors used a big second quarter to assume a 59-51 halftime lead. Richardson had 15 first-half points for Golden State.

    Game notes

    Cardinal has now earned more playing time this season than in the past three seasons when he saw 184 minutes. ... Miller and Divac were a combined 2-for-17 in the opening half when Sacramento shot 30 percent. ... Kings starting guard Doug Christie played just 14 minutes, leaving the game for good in the opening half with a sore left foot. ... This was only the Warriors' second road game of the season.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 104 106
    FGM-FGA 43-82 (.524) 36-85 (.424)
    3PM-3PA 7-14 (.500) 10-16 (.625)
    FTM-FTA 11-19 (.579) 24-28 (.857)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-35 21-47
    Assists 21 24
    Turnovers 13 15
    Steals 10 6
    Blocks 4 3
    Fast Break Points 0 3
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 19 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Jason Richardson Richardson
    Points: 31
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 1
    Peja Stojakovic Stojakovic
    Points: 33
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1