SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The offensively oriented Sacramento
Kings won with defense on Friday night.
Sacramento, 9-0 at home this season, has won 16 straight games
at Arco Arena. Houston has lost nine straight in Sacramento.
Houston shot 33 percent in losing Wednesday in Utah and wasn't
much better against the Kings. The Rockets shot 6-for-25 in the
first quarter and finished the game shooting 36 percent.
"That's what we've been working on in practice, playing better
defense," Kings guard Bobby Jackson said. "If we can do that
every night it will be very tough to beat us."
Miller, who shot 11-for-18, also had seven rebounds and four
"I was floating around (outside) and getting wide open 15 to
18-foot jump shots," Miller said. "That's why I shoot them every
day in practice."
"It's (their) continuity, that's something we should look at,"
Houston point guard Steve Francis said. "It's how well they pass
and how well they play together. Obviously our defense wasn't
aggressive enough for some of the things they were doing."
Miller scored 10 points in the third quarter as the Kings built
a 79-57 lead.
The Kings had plenty of success in the first half against one of
the league's best defenses, building an early double-digit lead and
taking a 54-28 advantage into the break.
Bibby and Miller frustrated Houston in the opening half as both
scored 15 points. Sacramento shot 50 percent and had nine steals in
building the lopsided lead.
"They didn't beat us on the fast break," Yao said. "It's just
that they executed very well in the half court. I don't know what
we could have done."
The Rockets had just two first-half assists. ... Bobby
Jackson scored nine points in nine first-half minutes. ... Jim
Jackson, who last season played for the Kings, missed all seven
shots and did not score. ... Houston had only 11 first-half
baskets, matching their turnover total.