SACRAMENTO, Calif, April 9 (Ticker) -- Chris Webber
points and Peja Stojakovic
added 23 as the Sacramento Kings
extended their winning streak to nine games with a 122-103 rout over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Kings are in the midst of their second-longest winning streak of the season and are within two victories of clinching
home-court advantage throughout the Western Conference playoffs.
"I'm definitely thinking about it," said Webber, who made 14-of-19 shots. "Right now I'm just excited and need to stay focused. We all want it just as bad. Our focus is great right now."
Sacramento is 3 1/2 games ahead of the second-place Los Angeles Lakers with five games remaining after a thorough beating of fifth-place Minnesota.
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Doug Christie and his mates won every quarter Tuesday night in a Kings rout.
The Kings shot 57 percent (51-of-90) from the floor, including 6-of-11 from 3-point range, and posted their highest point total
since scoring 132 against Denver on February 1.
"You hope to play good, and we have been playing good," said Stojakovic, who made 3-of-4 3-pointers. "We are playing real
aggressive right now. We are where we want t be right now."
scored 15 points, Vlade Divac
added 14 and Scot Pollard
11 and eight rebounds off the bench as Sacramento won the season series from Minnesota for the first time since the 1996-97 season.
"Right now they are playing at a high level," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "The Kings jumped on us right from the
beginning. There is a reason they have the best record in the league. They've got a great mixture of of offensive and defensive players and they've got a great bench."
The teams traded the lead four times in the first quarter before the Kings took the lead for good, 20-19 on a layup by Stojakovic with 3:05 to go.
Divac followed with a layup and Webber had a jumper and a reveres dunk to give Sacramento a 26-19 cushion.
The Timberwolves pulled within 31-29 just under two minutes into the second quarter, but the Kings responded with nine straight
points. Sacramento led by as many as 18 in the seconds quarter and took a 59-42 cushion into halftime.
"I really loved our energy all night," Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "From the very beginning and we maintained it the whole
game. I was just real happy with the way the guys approached the game again."
The Timberwolves never got closer than 15 in the second half and the Kings had their largest lead, 110-86 on a layup by Bobby
Jackson with 5:51 remaining.
scored 16 points and Kevin Garnett
had 15 and 12 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who are two games ahead of sixth-place Portland in the West.
scored 15 points and Robert Pack
added 12 off the bench as Minnesota shot 48 percent (42-of-87) but made just 2-of-10 3-pointers and allowed 62 points in the paint.
"We didn't play the way we're capable of playing," Minnesota forward Joe Smith
said. "They basically did what they wanted. And we kind of allowed it."