SALT LAKE CITY, Dec. 14 (Ticker) -- Chris Webber
and referee Marc Davis
will not be welcome here anytime soon.
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Webber scored 27 points, including a pair of free throws with
two seconds left, and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Sacramento
Kings continued their dominance of the Utah Jazz with a
controversial 98-96 victory.
The All-Star forward nailed two free throws to give Sacramento a
96-95 lead with 8.5 seconds left before John Stockton
into the lane, spun free of Bobby Jackson
and launched a jumper
with 2.4 seconds to go. Stockton missed, but Jackson was
whistled for a dubious foul, giving Stockton a chance to give
Utah a lead.
Stockton made the first attempt but missed the second, tying the
game. John Amaechi
jumped over Webber to grab the rebound but
was whistled by Davis for pushing off. Replays seemed to
indicate Amaechi barely touched Webber, who gave Sacramento the
lead with two free throws with two seconds left.
"I think they got a little dizzy trying to figure out which way
they were going to call it," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "It
is tough to call the play and finish because you don't know what
the official is going to call. That is about as strange as it
gets. But that is why they are a good team. They are going to
get the calls."
"It wasn't put out of our hands," Stockton said. "I had a
chance to make a free throw that would have made it very
difficult for them to win, and I didn't make it and it opened up
the door. If I make the free throw, it's a non-call, so that's
as far as I'm going to look at it."
After a timeout, Scott Padgett
inbounded the ball to Karl
, who dished back to Padgett for a potential winning
3-pointer at the buzzer. But Padgett's shot hit the rim and
bounced away, and the Kings escaped with their seventh straight
regular-season victory over the Jazz.
"I thought I was shooting the ball really well tonight and had a
good look at it," said Padgett, who was 4-of-8 from the field,
3-of-5 from the arc. "Maybe it's there's half a second more
left on the clock, maybe I take a little more time on it, but I
wanted to make sure I got it off and rushed it a little."
The Delta Center crowd booed lustily after the horn. A handful
of fans threw partially full cups of soda and trays of food at
exiting referees Bennett Salvatore and Davis, who were hustled
off the court by security personnel.
The game featured 16 ties and eight lead changes, with
Sacramento holding a 24-20 edge after one quarter, Utah a 51-49
advantage at the break and the teams all square at 72 entering
the fourth quarter.
"Plays are going back and forth and you were wondering whether
someone was going to win the game or not," Kings coach Rick
Adelman said. "Fortunately Webb made the two free throws at the
end, but Padgett had a pretty good look but he missed it.
"It was a tough game, very physical, it was one of those games
where you had to stay with it. We mentally stayed with it. Our
guys didn't play all that good, but we stayed with it."
scored 21 points and Peja Stojakovic
added 18 for
the Kings, who have won five straight games in Utah. The Kings
also defeated the Jazz in the first round of the playoffs last
"I didn't think that was a foul on Stockton at the end, but I'm
glad we got to decide the game," said Webber, who claimed he was
fouled by Amaechi going for the rebound of Stockton's miss. "We
won the game. We're just fortunate to be on the right side of
contributed 18 points and Matt Harpring
the Jazz, who have lost three straight games after winning nine
"It seems we get satisfied with just being close," Sloan said.
"You have still got to be able to finish. I think we tried hard
to finish, but you have still got to be tough enough to do the
Utah outscored Sacramento in the paint, 46-24, but made only
18-of-26 free throws while the Kings sank 24-of-28.
"That is puzzling to me," Sloan said. "We scored 46 points in
the paint and they shoot more free throws than we do. The same
thing happened in a game the other night (a 93-88 loss to New
Orleans on Thursday). We scored 52 points in the paint and we
are at home and the visiting team shot more free throws than we
did. That is disturbing."