Rose's jumper with 0.4 seconds left in overtime gave the Toronto
Raptors a 124-123 victory over Artest and the Sacramento Kings on
Mike Bibby had 42 points and Artest had 24 in his second game
with Sacramento, but Rose ended Toronto's four-game losing streak
with his clutch shot.
"Ron got hot for a stretch in the third and fourth quarter, but
it wasn't enough," Rose said.
Mike James drove toward the basket and passed to Rose, who took
a couple of dribbles before making his 19-foot jumper.
Bibby missed a jumper at the buzzer for the Kings.
Artest had 12 points in the fourth quarter, including a layup
that sent the game into overtime. The volatile forward, acquired
from Indiana last week, also had nine rebounds and finished
8-for-18 from the field. He had 15 points in Friday's loss to
Artest appreciated the confidence coach Rick Adelman showed in
him. Adelman repeatedly went to him in the final minutes.
"I was surprised he did that," Artest said. "I was ready for
It was just his second game since Dec. 6 because he was
deactivated in response to a trade request. Artest said it's a
matter of time before he gets used to playing with Bibby.
"I love it," he said. "We have different games, but I think
we will complement each other."
The Kings went 1-5 on their six-game road trip.
Bibby's 19-foot jumper gave Sacramento a 123-122 lead with 11.2
seconds left in overtime, but after a timeout Rose made his shot.
Rose finished 4-for-14 for 13 points.
Artest's jumper gave Sacramento a 117-113 lead with 2:40 left in
overtime, but James followed with a jumper.
James made a 3-pointer, Artest missed a jumper and Peterson made
two free throws to give Toronto a 122-121 lead with 31 seconds
Bosh picked up his sixth foul when Bibby drove for a layup
earlier in overtime. Bosh didn't like the call and picked up a
"You look at the replay and you let me know if that was a
foul," Bosh said. "Everybody keeps saying it's OK, but you got to
draw the line sometime. I got fed up with it. I'm not saying what I
did was wrong. I think it helped us out."
Rose turns 33 Monday. ... At least one fan didn't think
much of fired general manager Rob Babcock. The fan held up a sign
that read 'I miss Babcock like I miss 'Yogi' in reference to former
Raptor Michael 'Yogi' Stewart who was barely played when he was
with Toronto. ... Toronto's bench outscored Sacramento's 43-10.