SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- After a slow start, the Sacramento
Kings are beginning to look more like themselves at home.
Brad Miller had 26 points and nine rebounds, and the Kings
earned their second straight win at home by beating the Denver
Nuggets 101-89 Sunday night.
The Kings opened the season by losing four of five games, the
only win a lopsided decision at home against Toronto. Sacramento
won its first road game on Saturday in Phoenix before returning
home to knock off the Nuggets.
"This is Sacramento, we don't lose at home," Miller said.
"We've won two in a row and hopefully that has turned us around.
When we move the ball and play our game, we're still tough to
Miller, an All-Star the past two seasons, made 7 of 8 shots from
the field -- including both 3-point attempts -- and 10 of 11 free
He scored 11 points in the third quarter as the Kings stretched
their lead to 77-63. The advantage stayed in double figures through
much of the fourth quarter as Denver lost its 16th straight game in
Sacramento, dating to Jan. 7, 1996.
"They are always one of the best home teams in the league and
they just outplayed us," Denver guard Earl Boykins said.
"This feels good right now (at home) and we have four more to
go," Stojakovic said. "I feel like the rest of the month should
be good for us."
The homestand got off to a good start despite a lack of
production from Chris Webber, who had 10 points and nine rebounds.
Webber had three first-half fouls and picked up a fourth early in
the third quarter. He stayed out of the game until the final
Denver never got going offensively. The Nuggets missed
continually from outside and never found the going easy on the
inside, either, shooting 38 percent.
Carmelo Anthony provided the only consistent production for
Denver, scoring 28 points and grabbing six rebounds. However, he
was 10-of-23 and had three turnovers.
"He's tough to cover, he's very talented," said Stojakovic,
who guarded Anthony. "If you guard him close he will just go by
you. I received a lot of help. I think we forced him to take some
"There's no excuses in this league, you've got to be able to
shoot the basketball," Denver coach Jeff Bzdelik said.
Bibby scored 14 points in the first half for the Kings.
Webber drew a rare technical in the third quarter following
an offensive foul. ... When Anthony stood by the sideline, a fan
yelled "Where's your bronze medal hot shot," referring to his
participation on the U.S. Olympic team that finished third in
Athens. Anthony gave the fan a smile and looked away. ... Miller,
who hadn't attempted a 3-pointer in the first six games, made his
first two attempts. ... Denver played without Marcus Camby, Nene
and guard Voshon Lenard, who is out indefinitely because of torn
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