Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/19

Game 1: Wednesday, November 19th
Game 2: Friday, December 12th
Game 3: Sunday, December 28th
Game 4: Friday, February 27th

Kings 100

(15-5, 3-4 away)

Jazz 93


Coverage: KJZZ

7:00 PM ET, December 12, 2003

EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT

1 2 3 4 T
SAC 22 23 27 28100
UTAH 23 19 21 3093

Top Performers

Sac: M. Bibby 25 Pts, 6 Reb, 3 Ast

UTAH: G. Ostertag 11 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Blk

Bibby, Stojakovic shine after long homestand

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- In the end, it was all Peja Stojakovic.

Held to a modest output through three quarters, Stojakovic came through for the Sacramento Kings in the fourth quarter Friday night, scoring 13 of his 24 points in the final five minutes to help hold off a Utah rally and beat the Jazz 100-93.

"I was awful in the first half," Stojakovic said. "I just didn't know what went wrong. I was getting impatient, but we won."

Stojakovic, who missed all four of his shots in the first half, made seven straight free throws in the final 2:37 for the Kings, who won for the eighth straight time in Utah.

Mike Bibby led the Kings with 25 points, and Bobby Jackson, who missed the previous game with bronchitis, added 22.

"We just played hard," Bibby said. "We got some stops when we needed to, and they were fighting hard, coming back tough, and we still stuck in there and held our heads together and pulled it out."

Raja Bell led the Jazz with 17 points off the bench, including six in a 1:37 span of the fourth quarter to give the Jazz an 87-86 lead with 2:56 remaining.

The Jazz managed only two baskets the rest of the way, however, and both came in the final 25 seconds.

"We broke down a little bit on the defensive end," Utah's Matt Harpring said. "They're a good team ... and when we have a little mistake on defense, they really exploit it, and that's what makes them a good team."

Andrei Kirilenko scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Jazz, while Greg Ostertag added 11 points and 12 rebounds. Harpring and Ben Handlogten each added 13 points for Utah.

The Jazz committed 17 turnovers, while the Kings had only four.

"We are one of the best teams in the league at taking care of the ball," Jackson said. "When we take care of the ball and run our sets, then we can get anything we want."

The Jazz made up a nine-point deficit in the first half of the fourth quarter, tying the game at 79-79 on Ostertag's three-point play with 5:41 left. But Jackson answered with a 3-pointer, and Stojakovic intercepted a pass on Utah's next possession and streaked in for a breakaway dunk that gave the Kings an 84-79 lead.

The Jazz lost for the fourth time in six games. They also lost center Curtis Borchardt, who broke his left wrist when he fell hard to the floor over Jackson on a drive to the basket in the second quarter.

Borchardt missed all of last season with a broken foot, and five games this season with a broken finger.< ^Notes@: The Jazz's Carlos Arroyo started at point guard after missing eight games with a sprained ankle. He had two points and four assists in 16 minutes. ... Sacramento's Brad Miller picked up a technical foul with 4:01 left in the first quarter for tripping Harpring after missing a rebound. ... It was the Jazz's third loss in 14 home games. ... The Jazz committed 29 fouls, compared to 18 by the Kings. ... Friday was Utah's last home game until Dec. 26. The Jazz open a six-game road trip Sunday in Philadelphia.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 100 93
FGM-FGA 37-84 (.440) 40-79 (.506)
3PM-3PA 4-18 (.222) 2-5 (.400)
FTM-FTA 22-25 (.880) 11-17 (.647)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-38 13-45
Assists 19 25
Turnovers 4 17
Steals 6 2
Blocks 3 4
Fast Break Points 6 4
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (1/0) 29 (0/0)

Top Performers

Mike Bibby Bibby
Points: 25
Reb: 6
Ast: 3
Stl: 0
Blk: 0
Greg Ostertag Ostertag
Points: 11
Reb: 12
Ast: 1
Stl: 0
Blk: 3