SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The Indiana Pacers' shortcomings
finally caught up to them. They had nobody on their
suspension-depleted roster who could measure up to Chris Webber or
Webber made his first eight shots and scored 29 points to lead
the Sacramento Kings to their 10th victory in 11 games, 113-87
Miller had 17 points and 13 rebounds against his former Indiana
teammates as the Kings' big men dominated the Pacers' depleted
frontcourt. Sacramento outrebounded Indiana 57-28, grabbing 23
offensive boards and even holding the Pacers without a rebound for
the first 7½ minutes of the fourth quarter.
When it mercifully ended, Indiana had been blown out for the
first time in its seven games since the brawl in Detroit on Nov.
19. The suspensions of their top three scorers finally hurt the
Pacers, who won three of their first four after the brawl.
"There's no mercy in this league," said Miller, who joined the
Kings in July 2003 after a trade from Indiana. "No one feels pity
for a team missing its players. We just had to put it on them."
Mike Bibby had 12 points and six assists for the Kings, who took
a 28-point lead in the third quarter with a 24-5 run. Sacramento's
starters all scored in double figures, then sat out the fourth.
Since Indiana beat the Kings 96-87 on March 3, 2002, Sacramento
is 35-1 against Eastern Conference teams at Arco Arena -- and the
remnants of the Pacers' East-leading squad had no shot to buck that
trend. The Kings ran, passed and rebounded with teamwork Indiana
"We were moving the ball, and we made a lot of plays where we
put them out of position and we opened it up for us to get the
points," coach Rick Adelman said.
Jamaal Tinsley scored 21 points for the Pacers, who lost their
third straight with just 10 players in uniform. Indiana's loss and
Orlando's win at New York left the Magic with the best record in
the East at 10-5.
"The last two weeks, I've been very happy with the way we
competed," Indiana coach Rick Carlisle said. "Tonight ... we're
better than this. We all know we didn't compete."
Webber set the Sacramento franchise record with 51 points
against the Pacers four seasons ago, and he lit up Indiana again
with a steady outside shot and growing confidence in his jumping
ability. He scored 16 points in the first quarter, making every
shot before missing a jumper in the closing seconds.
Peja Stojakovic scored just 10 points on 3-of-9 shooting, but
made his 36th consecutive free throw. Doug Christie had 12 points
and nine assists while extending his free-throw streak to 26
The Pacers activated Reggie Miller from their injured list
before the game, and he served his one-game suspension for leaving
the bench shortly before the brawl in Detroit on Nov. 19. He'll
make his first appearance of the season Saturday night at Golden
State in the finale of their four-game road trip.
Indiana put Scot Pollard on the injured list before the game
with a sore lower back, and rookie center David Harrison was out
with a strained tendon in his right ankle. John Edwards, an
undrafted rookie who's barely played this season, scored nine
points while making his first career start in Harrison's place.
"Guys who aren't used to playing a lot of minutes are now
playing 40 minutes, (and) they're a little banged up," said Austin
Croshere, who 10 points but also aggravated his rib injury. "It's
just another in a long line of excuses this team can come up with.
We're capable of much better than we did tonight."
The Pacers still exceeded the franchise low of 23 rebounds.
... The teams meet again in eight days in Indianapolis. ... Webber
and Miller had as many rebounds (21) as all five Indiana starters