Bibby equaled a season high with 28 points as the Sacramento
Kings, after trailing for most of the game, rallied for a 99-94
victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.
"We started to make baskets and we were stopping them," Bibby
said. "We got stops toward the end."
A record crowd of 18,209 saw the game, including Hall of Fame
quarterback Jim Kelly and Philadelphia quarterback Donovan McNabb --
both in town for the Super Bowl.
Sacramento led only once in the first half, 18-17, and trailed
until Bibby fed Darius Songaila for a reverse layup and a 77-76
lead with 8:39 left.
The Kings were behind 83-80 with seven minutes to play before
scoring eight straight points, including a 3-pointer and a basket
by Bibby for an 88-83 lead. They never trailed again.
"It was a good win for us on this long trip," Kings coach Rick
Adelman said. "A win like this makes your trip. We just stayed
with it. We got real active defensively in the second half. We got
a lot of deflections.
"That comes from five people playing, not just two."
Bobby Jackson scored 21 points for the Kings, Stojakovic added
19 and Brad Miller had 16.
Jim Jackson led the Rockets with 28 points, tying his season
high. He hit 11 of 12 shots from the field and was 5-for-5 at the
free throw line. Cuttino Mobley added 19 points and Maurice Taylor
"Losing is just like winning, it can be contagious," Jim
Jackson said. "We're not being aggressive enough. We're not doing
the little things to win. We're up and down. We've got to keep
Each team made a first-quarter run with the Rockets jumping to a
12-1 lead, ignited by Jim Jackson's shooting.
Bibby pulled the Kings back into the game after Sacramento
missed its first five shots of the game. Bibby's basket and free
throw with 4:53 left in the first quarter gave Sacramento its first
Bibby missed four free throws in the final three minutes.
"I go through it every year," Bibby said of his free throw
lapse. "When I try to be aggressive early in the game I do all
right. But we played good help defense. It's contagious. If we play
defense like that we're going to be hard to stop."
After that, the game stayed close until the Rockets nudged ahead
48-39 with 3:43 to go in the second quarter. Bobby Jackson had 11
second quarter points for the Kings, who rallied to a 53-49 deficit
at the end of the half.
The Rockets were again plagued by turnovers, 24 this time, and
too many of them came at crucial times in the fourth quarter.
"Turnovers are a problem every night for us," Rockets coach
Jeff Van Gundy said. "They turn into transition points so you're
not only not scoring but you're giving up easy baskets too.
"We had a 14-turnover differential. That's like we're spotting
Sacramento 18-20 points and saying now go beat them."
Maurice Taylor ranks second in the NBA in reserves scoring,
averaging 12.1 points in 38 games. ... Mark Jackson signed with the
Rockets on Jan. 15 and has continued to add to his career assists
total. Jackson has 10,236 assists and joins John Stockton and Magic
Johnson as the only players in NBA history with 10,000 assists. ...
The Maloof family, current owners of the Kings, owned the Rockets
from 1979 through 1982.