Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/23

Game 1: Wednesday, November 23rd
Game 2: Monday, March 6th

Nets 105

(5-6, 1-4 away)

Kings 114

(5-7, 4-3 home)

    Coverage: CSNS

    7:00 PM ET, November 23, 2005

    Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    NJ 27 31 20 27105
    SAC 26 33 35 20114

    Top Performers

    NJ: M. Jackson 21 Pts, 9 Reb, 3 Ast

    Sac: B. Miller 20 Pts, 7 Reb, 10 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Sacramento uses 19-4 third-quarter run to take control

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- While Sacramento Kings leading scorer Peja Stojakovic continues to be cautious with a sprained finger, teammate Bonzi Wells is playing his way through a similar injury.

    Mike Bibby scored 25 points and Wells had 23 points and nine rebounds Wednesday night to lead the Kings over the New Jersey Nets 114-105.

    Scoring on a variety of shots inside and on the perimeter, Wells didn't let a swollen middle finger on his right hand affect his play, scoring 19 points in the second half for the Kings, who snapped a two-game losing streak.

    "Bonzi is a guy who plays with a lot of emotion, he's playing with almost a broken finger right now," said teammate Shareef Abdur-Rahim, who scored 16 points and had seven rebounds.

    Stojakovic watched his second straight game in street clothes after injuring a finger on his shooting hand in Sunday's loss at Seattle.

    "My finger has been messed up for a month. I'm hurting, but it's nothing that will keep me from playing," Wells said. "Peja is different, he's a shooter, it's (on) his shooting hand. For me personally, I'm going to play."

    Stojakovic's status remains day-to-day.

    "It's really up to Peja, and the trainer and the doctor," Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "He shot the ball pretty well today just catching and stuff. But I have no idea what the timetable is."

    After shooting 55 percent in the first half, New Jersey went cold in the third period, when the Kings used a 19-4 run over a 5-minute span to take control. Wells made a buzzer-beating jumper and scored 11 points in the third, when the Kings outscored the Nets 35-20 for a 94-78 lead.

    Brad Miller had 20 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds for Sacramento. Kevin Martin, who has struggled in the early season, scored a career-high 18 points, including a steal and dunk early in the fourth quarter, giving the Kings a 100-78 lead with 10:08 remaining.

    "We shot 54 percent and lose the game," Nets coach Lawrence Frank said. "If there's a question about the value and importance of defense, this is a great case example."

    Abdur-Rahim said there was no revenge factor in beating the Nets. He failed a physical in the offseason after it appeared he would sign with the Nets as a free agent. Instead, he came to Sacramento.

    "We lost two close games in a row, we didn't want to make it three, that was my whole focus in this game," Abdur-Rahim said.

    Marc Jackson had a season-high 21 points and nine rebounds and Nenad Krstic scored 19 points for the Nets, who have lost consecutive games to open a five-game road trip. New Jersey played without leading scorer Vince Carter, who has a strained back muscle.

    "Before we used to be a third-quarter team because we'd wear teams out in the first half and then come out with that same intensity," said Richard Jefferson, who had 16 points for the Nets. "But we have a different group here, different mentality and we need to figure that out."

    Jason Kidd had 11 points and 11 assists, but he was ineffective in the second half when Sacramento pulled away.

    Miller had 15 points and Bibby scored 12 in the first half, helping the Kings to a 59-58 lead. Kidd had 11 points, 10 rebounds and four assists.< ^Notes:@The Nets have lost seven straight at Arco Arena, dating to Nov. 30, 1997. ... Sacramento is 4-3 at home this season. Kidd had eight points and six assists in the first quarter, when the Nets led 27-26. ... Jackson made his first seven shots before missing from close range late in the third quarter.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 105 114
    FGM-FGA 42-78 (.538) 38-74 (.514)
    3PM-3PA 4-11 (.364) 6-12 (.500)
    FTM-FTA 17-23 (.739) 32-36 (.889)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-34 8-36
    Assists 28 25
    Turnovers 16 19
    Steals 9 10
    Blocks 5 1
    Fast Break Points 10 23
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (1/0) 18 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 7 22

    Top Performers

    New Jersey
    Marc Jackson Jackson
    Points: 21
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Brad Miller Miller
    Points: 20
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 10
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1