OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Brad Miller scored a career-high 38
points, played a career-high 50 minutes and leaped for a final
steal at the overtime buzzer. He carried the Sacramento Kings on
his back -- and still had energy to spare.
Miller grabbed 17 rebounds and scored four points in the final
10.8 seconds of overtime, and the Kings overcame the absence of
three injured starters to beat the Golden State Warriors 111-107 on
Mike Bibby had 17 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds as the
Kings' two remaining stars and their reserves hung on through a
thrilling fourth quarter and overtime without Chris Webber, Peja
Stojakovic and Cuttino Mobley.
Miller, who scored eight points in overtime, cut through the
lane with a guard's grace for the go-ahead layup. The two-time
All-Star center went 14-for-22, scored 26 points after halftime and
also made two heady plays on loose balls in the final seconds.
"We've been battling the last couple of weeks and haven't had
our full team together," Miller said. "Everybody who's still here
has to step it up. We've got a lot of guys that can play on this
team that people have never heard of. We take a lot of pride and
still expect to win."
Webber sat out for the third straight game with a sore left
knee, while Stojakovic missed his fifth straight game because of
back spasms. Mobley also sat out with back spasms, missing his
first game since joining the Kings in a trade last month.
Jason Richardson scored 37 points for the Warriors, who lost for
the 15th time in 16 games. Richardson was phenomenal in the
Warriors' sixth straight loss -- but he missed two free throws with
5.3 seconds left in overtime, and Miller was fouled on the rebound.
"We lost the game because I missed two free throws,"
Richardson said. "That's what I wanted. I just didn't knock down
my free throws. I didn't do my job. The game was in my hands."
Miller made his free throws, then jumped to intercept the
Warriors' final pass as time expired. Webber, who wore street
clothes and jokingly waved a Kings warmup top at Warriors fans
during the final minutes, was among the Kings who congratulated him
on the way off the court.
Darius Songaila had 18 points and 11 rebounds, falling just
short of career highs in both categories. Maurice Evans added 15
points, also one shy of a career high, and Bibby fell one rebound
short of his third career triple-double as each of Sacramento's
five starters played at least 43 minutes.
"It's tiring, but at the same time, it's a lot of fun,"
With everyone exhausted in the second night of back-to-back
games, Kings coach Rick Adelman relied on his starters and sat in a
zone defense for much of the second half, trying to hang on. Thanks
to Miller, it worked.
"All we talked about before the game is that it doesn't matter
if you're short-handed," Adelman said. "Our guys played really
hard, especially when they jumped up on us in that overtime and it
looked like it was over with."
Sacramento's last trip to Oakland was the lowest point of last
season. The Kings lost to the Warriors in the final game of the
regular season, blowing the Pacific Division title and the No. 2
seed in the playoffs with their sixth loss in nine games.
The Warriors also were without three regulars. Troy Murphy, the
NBA's fourth-leading rebounder, went on the injured list earlier in
the day with a broken left thumb, while Speedy Claxton sat out his
seventh game with a thigh bruise, and Cliff Robinson began his
five-game suspension for violating the league's drug policy.
"We just can't get a play at the end of a game," coach Mike
Montgomery said. "We have to be more disciplined. We have to know
how to win. That's something we've got to learn."
Neither team scored in the final 1:08 of regulation after Matt
Barnes' tying layup. Richardson couldn't get open for a good shot
on the Warriors' final possession, and Miller missed an awkward
leaning jumper at the buzzer.
Despite thousands of visiting Kings supporters, the Arena
was 2,000 fans short of a sellout. ... Warriors C Adonal Foyle went
crashing into the courtside seats in pursuit of a loose ball,
breaking a female fan's necklace and landing on a kid wearing a