SACRAMENTO, Calif., Dec. 1 (Ticker) --
No matter how many injuries
they have, the Sacramento Kings keep finding players to fill the
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scored a career-high 21 points and Bobby Jackson
had 10 of his 20 in the fourth quarter as the Kings
rolled to a 103-84 victory over the Houston Rockets.
Sacramento has won 14 of its first 19 games despite having Chris
, Peja Stojakovic
, Mike Bibby
, Doug Christie
and Scot Pollard
all missing games due to injuries or
suspensions. The Kings placed Turkoglu on the injured list
before the contest, but Wallace responded with his best career
"The whole team has to step up and play and we're doing that
now," Jackson said. "We're playing very well. Everybody knows
what their role is."
The second-year forward made 10-of-11 shots from the floor in
his third career start. He also grabbed eight rebounds, falling
two shy of his career best.
"I felt more comfortable and relaxed tonight," Wallace said. "I
was playing and having fun. Once I'm more comfortable with the
role, I can go in there more relaxed and hit shots in the game.
You need to do your job and let the game come to you."
Webber scored 10 of his 19 points in the first quarter as
Sacramento jumped out to a 30-19 lead. The Kings had a 49-38
halftime advantage and put away the game with 32 points in the
"Those guys always make great starts," Houston guard Moochie
said. "They always have a third-quarter spurt as well.
Those guys come out after halftime like they are on fire."
Christie scored 14 points and Vlade Divac
added nine of his 11 in the second half for
Sacramento, which improved to 9-0 at ARCO Arena this season.
The Kings shot 50 percent (45-of-90) from the floor, including
6-of-18 from 3-point range, and scored 35 points off 23 Rockets
scored 22 points and Norris added 13 as Houston
lost its ninth consecutive meeting with Sacramento.
Chinese rookie Yao Ming
had eight points and five rebounds in
his first game against the Kings.
"They are definitely the toughest team I have played against,"
he said. "They play five guys as one. The only thing I can do is
my best to defense them."
The Rockets played without guard Cuttino Mobley
and forward Glen
, who are sidelined with injuries.
Sacramento had a 43-38 lead with 2:33 left in the second quarter
before scoring the final six points of the first half. The
Kings had a 51-42 edge 60 seconds into the third period when
Divac scored three straight points to spark a 23-9 run.
Divac scored nine points during the spurt and Wallace capped it
with a layup for a 74-51 cushion at the 2:11 mark. The Kings
made 13-of-24 shots in the third and carried an 81-58 lead into
the final period.
Sacramento had its largest lead at 87-60 on a jumper by Jimmy
with 9:40 remaining.
Jackson, who was signed to a free agent contract prior to the
game, scored four points on 2-of-8 shooting in his first game of
"When I get my rhythm together, I can play the way I'm capable
of playing," he said. "I feel this will be a comfortable fit for
me. It's just the way they play. Everybody is relaxed and
together as a team. It makes it a lot easier."