The Kings then showed why they are the best team in the Western
Conference, breaking open a one-point game with an 11-2 run to
start the fourth and coasting for a 100-92 win Sunday night to
avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season.
"Just like any good playoff team, they know how to step it up a
little bit," Washington coach Eddie Jordan said. "They know how
to put the intensity on and deny the wings and really get into
Peja Stojakovic had 29 points and 11 rebounds for the Kings, who
are just 9-6 since All-Star Chris Webber returned after missing the
first 58 games of the season.
Webber, who has been annoyed by the occasional booing by
Sacramento's fans since his return, heard nothing but cheers
against his former team. He made four straight free throws in the
final 41 seconds and finished with 23 points, nine rebounds and
"I'm fine, I'm cool, I've been through tough times before,"
Webber said. "I'll just keep rolling with the punches."
Mike Bibby scored 21 points and had seven assists, while Doug
Christie added 14 points for Sacramento, which avenged a 114-108
loss to Washington earlier this month.
On March 17, Kwame Brown had career highs of 30 points and 19
rebounds in the Wizards' surprising victory. Brown had 18 points
and 15 rebounds Sunday.
Gilbert Arenas scored 27 points, on 7-of-22 shooting for
Washington, which has lost nine of 11. Arenas made 12 of 14 free
throws. Larry Hughes added 18 points.
"We went inside a couple of times, but we just didn't get
anything," Arenas said. "That was it. The inside wasn't going,
the outside wasn't going, so I just tried to get to the free throw
After an 18-1 run in the third quarter, the Kings squandered a
13-point lead, letting Washington back in the game.
The Wizards outrebounded the Kings 57-43, but shot only 37
percent and missed 13 of 15 3-point attempts.
"They hurt us again on the boards, they hurt us in a lot of
areas," Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "But we made some big
plays in the fourth quarter to open it up and get the win.
Webber, Stojakovic and Bibby all scored 13 points, helping the
Kings take a 48-46 lead into halftime.
Kings center Vlade Divac missed the game with a stomach
virus. ... Expected back after missing 19 straight games, Kings
guard Bobby Jackson sat out again with an abdominal strain. ... The
Wizards made just six of 24 shots in the opening quarter and
trailed 26-18. ... Washington has lost seven straight games at Arco
Arena, where they haven't won since Jan. 16, 1996, when Webber was
with the Wizards.