Stojakovic scored 20 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter,
helping the Kings snap a two-game losing streak with a 98-89
victory over the Utah Jazz.
Following a subpar three quarters, Stojakovic made three
3-pointers and a three-point play during a productive four-minute
stretch to help the Kings pull away.
"Peja is one of the best shooters, if not the best shooter in
the league," teammate Vlade Divac said. "He understands he is the
main guy on this team, especially when we are down."
Stojakovic looked the part in the fourth quarter. He made three
of four 3-pointers and all seven free throws. He finished 10-of-22
from the field and 13-of-14 on free throws.
The Kings took control with a 10-0 fourth-quarter run fueled by
Stojakovic, who gave the Kings the lead with a 3-pointer, then hit
another to conclude the spurt for a 79-71 lead with 5:47 remaining.
"I got hot, guys were looking for me," said Stojakovic, who
added seven rebounds and a career-high six steals. "I'm not sure
why they (shots) weren't going in the first three quarters."
Mike Bibby scored 23 points for Sacramento, which has defeated
the Jazz five straight times. Doug Christie added nine points and
Andrei Kirilenko had 21 points and 11 rebounds and Carlos Arroyo
scored 15 for Utah. Arroyo had six of Utah's 20 turnovers. The Jazz
shot a season-low 17-of-31 from the free throw line.
"We missed a lot from the free throw line, we cant let that
happen," Kirilenko said. "That was one of the key stats. And at
the end, we let Stojakovic and Bibby do what they wanted. They made
layups, created fouls and made 3-point shots."
Utah came out strong in the third quarter, using a 17-4 run to
take a 65-64 lead into the fourth period.
The game featured a dreary first half with neither team shooting
well. Sacramento led 40-32 after its lowest-scoring first half of
"Our guys have to learn how to play with a little more
toughness if they are going to compete against good teams," Utah
coach Jerry Sloan said. "Sometimes they're happy being close."
Jazz F Matt Harpring had one field goal through three
quarters and finished 3-of-16. ... Kings coach Rick Adelman and
Sloan were once teammates together with the Chicago Bulls. ...
Sacramento has the next five days off before playing the Clippers
on Saturday in Los Angeles. Kirilenko scored 13 third-quarter
points but was limited to two points in the fourth quarter.