Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 12/14

Game 1: Sunday, December 14th
Game 2: Friday, January 9th
Game 3: Sunday, February 29th
Game 4: Friday, April 9th

Kings 113

(25-9, 7-7 away)

Suns 93

(12-25, 9-9 home)

    8:30 PM ET, January 9, 2004

    US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ

    1 2 3 4 T
    SAC 34 25 29 25113
    PHX 30 22 19 2293

    Top Performers

    Sacramento: P. Stojakovic 29 Pts, 12 Reb, 2 Ast

    Phoenix: J. Johnson 23 Pts, 6 Reb, 6 Ast

    Kings guard trio combines for 88 points

    PHOENIX (AP) -- Peja Stojakovic did what he does best, and it worked again for the Sacramento Kings.

    Stojakovic had 29 points and 12 rebounds, and the Kings spoiled new-look Phoenix's return home by beating the Suns 113-93 Friday night.

    "I'm a shooter," Stojakovic said. "Everybody said, 'Keep shooting, keep shooting.' So that's what I'm doing. Either it goes in or not. If it doesn't go in, Vlade (Divac) is going to get the rebound."

    Mike Bibby had 25 points, and reserve Bobby Jackson scored a season-high 24 -- including 14 of Sacramento's 25 in the second quarter. Brad Miller had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Kings, who were coming off a 103-94 loss at Seattle on Wednesday.

    Phoenix's Joe Johnson scored 23 points and Howard Eisley had 14, but the Suns lost their fifth in a row.

    The revamped Suns activated 2003 NBA Rookie of the Year Amare Stoudemire and rookie Zarko Cabarkapa from the injured list before the game.

    Stoudemire, who sprained his ankle at Boston on Dec. 5, scored 10 points in 19 minutes. Cabarkapa, a first-round draft pick, missed 22 games because of a broken wrist and went scoreless, missing three shots.

    It was their first game in the lineup with Antonio McDyess, acquired in a trade, and for coach Mike D'Antoni, who replaced the fired Frank Johnson on Dec. 10.

    "They diced us up pretty good," D'Antoni said. "We struggled, obviously. It's not going to be easy."

    The poor showing spoiled Phoenix's homecoming after a five-game road trip. During the trip, the Suns traded Stephon Marbury, Penny Hardaway and Cezary Trybanski to the New York Knicks for McDyess, Eisley, three other players, two draft picks and cash.

    "They're totally different," Jackson said. "You know, they're still capable of beating anybody on a given night, but it's going to take some time. With us, it's a lot of old guys, pretty much. Veteran guys on this team, and we just know how to win games."

    A crowd of 16,848 showed up to catch the new look.

    The Suns, trailing 98-78 after a layup by Stojakovic with 9:21 left, crept within 10 points with a 12-2 run capped by Shawn Marion's 8-foot floater off a spin move in the lane. That cut the deficit to 100-90 with 6:22 to go.

    But Phoenix squandered two possessions with missed shots, and Bibby broke a nearly three-minute scoreless spell by the Kings with a layup with 4:43 to play. Then Jackson stole the inbounds pass and made a free throw, and Stojakovic, who had 13 points in the fourth quarter, nailed a long jumper and a 3-pointer in a 41-second span for a 109-90 lead with 2:58 to go.

    "We had some great situations to come back and win in the second half," Marion said. "We almost got to within single digits, but we couldn't capitalize."

    Bibby, who had nine assists, started the third quarter with a long jumper and a 3-pointer and made two free throws with 2:13 left in the quarter, sending the Kings to an 83-65 lead.

    Sacramento led by seven points twice in the first quarter, going ahead 34-27 on a fast-break layup by Jackson with 58 seconds left.

    The Suns regained the lead, 37-36, on Eisley's short jumper 2:46 into the second and eventually worked their way to a 42-38 lead -- their biggest of the game -- on a three-point play by Johnson with 6:18 remaining.

    But Jackson scored 12 points in a 3:13 span, and Sacramento went up 59-50 on a dunk by Miller in the final seconds before Phoenix's Casey Jacobsen beat the halftime buzzer with a jumper.

    "He really gave us life in that second quarter when they went ahead of us," Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "At the start of the second we couldn't make a shot, and his spurt really put us in great shape."

    Game notes

    Adelman (628-393) tied Doug Moe for the 17th-most wins in NBA history. Adelman is 271-141 with Sacramento. ... The Suns will induct Charles Barkley into their ring of honor on March 20. Barkley averaged 23.4 points and 11.5 rebounds during his four seasons with Phoenix, earning NBA MVP honors in 1993. ... The Kings' only consecutive losses were Nov. 7-9 on a road trip to New York and Boston. ... The Kings, with a Western Conference-best 25-9 record, are only 7-7 on the road.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 113 93
    FGM-FGA 42-85 (.494) 38-88 (.432)
    3PM-3PA 9-23 (.391) 4-10 (.400)
    FTM-FTA 20-27 (.741) 13-21 (.619)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-50 8-40
    Assists 30 19
    Turnovers 15 16
    Steals 11 9
    Blocks 4 1
    Fast Break Points 4 5
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (1/0) 26 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Peja Stojakovic Stojakovic
    Points: 29
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Joe Johnson Johnson
    Points: 23
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0