Pistons lose fifth in a row

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- A compliment seemed to make Peja
Stojakovic more nervous than the game-winning shot he took.

Stojakovic's long jumper with 0.4 seconds left lifted the
Sacramento Kings to a 96-94 win over the Detroit Pistons on
Wednesday night.

"Wow, the guy shoots like Larry Bird," Detroit's Richard
Hamilton said. "When he let it go, I was like, 'I know that's
going in,' just because of the way he had been hitting them."

When the praise was relayed to Stojakovic, on his way out of the
arena, he struggled to respond.

"Well ... that's a great compliment, but Larry Bird was a
special player and a legend," said Stojakovic, who scored 25
points. "It's nice of him to say that, but I don't think I'm ready
to be compared to him."

Stojakovic connected from the right wing on a 22-footer after
Vlade Divac dropped him a pass for his 11th assist. Stojakovic made
nine of 18 shots and four of eight 3-pointers, one from nearly 30

Stojakovic, who will play in the All-Star game Sunday in Los
Angeles, will go for his third straight 3-point shootout title on

"I wouldn't bet against him," Kings coach Rick Adelman said.
"He's the best shooter in the league right now."

Mike Bibby scored 26 points for the Western Conference-leading
Kings, who have won seven of eight and five straight on the road.

Brad Miller had 18 points and 15 rebounds and was the target of
physical play that led to the ejection of Zeljko Rebraca and
Corliss Williamson.

"It's going to take more than a couple shots like that to hurt
me," Miller said. "I've had a lot worse."

Hamilton scored 27 for the Pistons, who head into the All-Star
break with a season-high five-game losing streak -- after winning 17
of 20.

"The NBA is like a roller coaster," Hamilton said.

Detroit's Ben Wallace tied a season high with 17 points, and
grabbed 19 rebounds. Chauncey Billups, who was averaging almost 18,
was 1-of-8 for three points.

"We're happy to have a break," Billups said.

In the third quarter, Rebraca was ejected for punching Miller,
and Williamson was tossed for knocking him down on a drive.

"It was a hard foul, but I believe he had some extra
theatrics," Williamson said. "But the way the game was going, I
guess the refs felt they had to take control."

Bibby's steal and layup gave the Kings a 92-89 lead with 1:09

On the next possession, Billups' 3-pointer -- his only basket of
the game -- tied it.

Miller's putback put the Kings ahead 94-92 with 54.5 seconds
left. After Wallace grabbed two offensive rebounds, he made two
free throws to tie the game with 24.1 seconds left.

The Kings held the ball on their last possession just long
enough to set up a late shot for Stojakovic. The Pistons could not
get a shot off before the buzzer.

Detroit's Darko Milicic made his earliest appearance of the
season, starting the second quarter. The No. 2 pick in the draft
made a hook and stole a pass in six minutes, but didn't play in the
second half.

Game notes
Adelman said the Kings plan to decide at Monday's practice
whether Chris Webber (left knee) will be activated from the injured
list. ... Sacramento's Bobby Jackson missed his third straight game
with a strained stomach muscle. ... Detroit's Mehmet Okur sat out
for the fourth time in five games with back spasms. The Pistons are
0-4 without him.


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