Final

Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 1/15

Game 1: Saturday, January 15th
Clippers95Final
Kings99
Game 2: Monday, January 17th
Kings89Final
Clippers83
Game 3: Friday, March 11th
Clippers112Final
Kings113
Game 4: Saturday, March 19th
Kings111Final
OT
Clippers107

Clippers 112

(27-35, 7-23 away)

Kings 113

(39-24, 23-8 home)

    Coverage: CSNS

    7:00 PM ET, March 11, 2005

    Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    LAC 31 22 35 24112
    SAC 24 31 30 28113

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles: C. Maggette 26 Pts, 10 Reb, 3 Ast

    Sacramento: M. Bibby 28 Pts, 3 Reb, 12 Ast, 3 Stl

    Bibby emerges as the drama King

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Down by a point with a few seconds left, the Sacramento Kings' final play was simple: Mike Bibby alone atop the key, moving off a pick and taking another buzzer-beating shot.

    "It felt good, but I didn't know," Bibby said.

    Everyone else in the building did.

    Bibby converted his 22-footer with four-tenths of a second to play, and the Sacramento Kings rallied for a 113-112 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night.

    Bibby has shown a flair for last-second shots ever since his memorable game-winner in Game 5 of the 2002 Western Conference finals against the Lakers. Three nights earlier, Bibby beat the Memphis Grizzlies by banking in a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

    Bibby finished with 28 points, 12 assists and yet another example of his incredible cool under pressure. The Kings survived Kenny Thomas' late turnover for their 14th straight home victory over the Clippers.

    "We needed this game," Bibby said. "Every game is important when you're in a playoff race like this. I wish we could have gotten it before [the last shot], but we got it after."

    From the pregame huddles to the final moments, Bibby has taken charge of the Kings in the days since Chris Webber's departure. After their point guard won another game with another dramatic jumper, the Kings were ready to follow him anywhere.

    Corliss Williamson scored 14 of his season-high 22 points in the fourth quarter, and Cuttino Mobley added 21 for the Kings.

    "All he said was, 'Give me the ball," Mobley recalled of the final timeout. "He just took it upon himself. We have so many good players on this team, but you need to have that general, you need to have that great point guard, and that's what Mike is."

    Corey Maggette had 26 points and 10 rebounds for the Clippers, who thought they had their first win in Sacramento since Nov. 7, 1997, when Bobby Simmons made a layup with 4.9 seconds left. Simmons had 24 points, but the Clippers still lost for the 10th time in 11 road games.

    "You have to credit Mike Bibby," Maggette said. "He's the backbone of this team. He's been putting the weight on his shoulders, and the last two games he hit game-winning shots. I'm still mind-boggled about it."

    Los Angeles went ahead 108-104 on Quinton Ross' jumper with 1:57 to play, but Bibby tied it with consecutive layups in traffic. Simmons hit a jumper with 46 seconds left, but Williamson converted a three-point play with 36 seconds left for a 111-110 lead.

    Simmons then missed a jumper from the corner, and Thomas rebounded. But with a one-point lead, Thomas inexplicably tried to throw a baseball pass to Peja Stojakovic, who couldn't beat Rick Brunson to the ball.

    Brunson drove the lane and fed Simmons for an easy layup. After a timeout, Sacramento got it to Bibby, who moved off a pick atop the key and hit the jumper, sending another sellout crowd into a frenzy.

    The teams traded baskets down the stretch of their third straight thrilling meeting this season. The Kings earned a pair of four-point victories in the clubs' previous matchups in January.

    "This stinks," Brunson said. "We played hard, played good and didn't win. We knew they were going to Bibby. It was just a matter of, 'Can you stop him?' Mike makes big shots. That's what he does."

    Bibby's shot capped an entertaining, well-played game between Pacific Division rivals. Both teams made more than 53 percent of their shots in the first three quarters while combining for just eight turnovers.

    But Stojakovic was tentative and ineffective for the Kings, scoring just six points -- all on 3-pointers -- on 2-of-10 shooting. The NBA's second-leading scorer last season disappeared down the stretch, taking just one shot in the fourth quarter.

    Zeljko Rebraca, playing extensively while Elton Brand was in foul trouble, scored 16 points, three shy of his season high.

    Game notes


    The Kings played without C Brad Miller, who missed his sixth straight game with a bruised calf. He could return Sunday against Houston. ... The Clippers, who reached a franchise low with just five turnovers while beating the Lakers, didn't make a turnover in the first quarter against the Kings. ... Mobley missed the Kings' previous two games with a back injury, while Thomas missed the Kings' victory over Memphis to attend his grandmother's funeral in Georgia.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    LAC
    SAC
    Points 112 113
    FGM-FGA 48-86 (.558) 46-87 (.529)
    3PM-3PA 1-4 (.250) 6-14 (.429)
    FTM-FTA 15-17 (.882) 15-21 (.714)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 6-40 9-33
    Assists 27 21
    Turnovers 11 9
    Steals 6 6
    Blocks 2 7
    Fast Break Points 10 14
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 18 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 7 9

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    Sacramento
    Corey Maggette Maggette
    Points: 26
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Mike Bibby Bibby
    Points: 28
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 12
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0