Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/28

Game 1: Friday, November 28th
Game 2: Wednesday, January 28th
Game 3: Sunday, March 21st
Game 4: Sunday, April 4th

Rockets 74


Kings 103

(11-4, 9-0 home)

7:00 PM ET, November 28, 2003

Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA

1 2 3 4 T
HOU 14 14 29 1774
SAC 25 29 25 24103

Top Performers

Hou: C. Mobley 17 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

Sac: B. Miller 29 Pts, 7 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

Miller scores season best

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The offensively oriented Sacramento Kings won with defense on Friday night.

Brad Miller scored a season-best 29 points, helping the Kings extend their winning streak to seven games with a 103-74 victory over the Houston Rockets.

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 assists.

"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."

Mike Bibby and Jackson scored 18 points, while Peja Stojakovic added 11.

"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.

Cuttino Mobley led Houston with 17 points. Francis scored 15 and Yao Ming had 14 points and eight rebounds.

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."

Game notes

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.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 74 103
FGM-FGA 28-77 (.364) 41-79 (.519)
3PM-3PA 5-15 (.333) 4-10 (.400)
FTM-FTA 13-15 (.867) 17-24 (.708)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-37 8-41
Assists 11 33
Turnovers 18 14
Steals 4 15
Blocks 3 6
Fast Break Points 3 5
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (2/1) 19 (2/0)

Top Performers

Cuttino Mobley Mobley
Points: 17
Reb: 4
Ast: 1
Stl: 1
Blk: 0
Brad Miller Miller
Points: 29
Reb: 7
Ast: 4
Stl: 2
Blk: 2