SALT LAKE CITY, March 7 (Ticker) -- Chris Webber
and Mike Bibby
24 points apiece and Peja Stojakovic
added 19 as the Sacramento
Kings held on for an 108-105 overtime victory over the Utah
For the second straight game, the Kings needed overtime to win.
They were leading 94-88 with just under two minutes left in
regulation before Utah used a 7-1 run to forge a 95-95 tie.
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After John Stockton
hit a 3-pointer and Malone tied the game
with a pair of free throws with 4.7 seconds remaining, the Kings
scored the first seven points of the extra period. A jumper by
Webber and a 3-pointer by Stojakovic helped them open a 102-95
advantage with 2:31 remaining.
But Utah did not fold and used a 7-2 spurt to get within 104-102
with 21 seconds remaining on Malone's layup.
Bibby, however, clinched Sacramento's sixth straight win in Utah
with four consecutive foul shots in the final 20 seconds.
"I think we just kind of pushed it more and took advantage of
the zone," Webber said. "I think the zone kind of threw us off
at times and we didn't get the shots we needed, and they were
playing well. A lot of things were going their way, a lot of
calls were going their way."
Before Webber and Stojakovic took over in the opening minutes of
overtime, Utah had one last opportunity for the win. As
Stojakovic tried to bring the ball up, Andrei Kirilenko
him and launched a desperation 3-pointer that went off the
front of the rim as time expired.
"It seems like we weren't supposed to win this one, but I'm glad
we came in and just kept our heads and pulled out the victory,"
Webber said. "I think, come overtime, we knew it was now or
never, and we got to take it because they don't want to give it
Webber, who aggravated his sprained ankle in the fourth quarter
of Wednesday's win over Minnesota, did not seemed bothered by
the injury. In 47 minutes, he shot 12-of-20 and grabbed 15
"Webber is a terrific player, he gets the ball up at the top of
the key and can put it on the floor," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan
said. "When you play against a great team, they make you look
lost. We have had that happen a couple of times in the past.
If you keep your assignment, you're OK. But if you don't stick
to it, it is pretty much mashed potatoes."
Bibby finished 9-of-16 from the floor and Stojakovic was
7-of-15, scoring seven points in overtime.
In the extra period, Utah's zone defense did little to stop
Sacramento, which shot 53 percent (44-of-83), including 3-of-5
"At the end of the fourth quarter, we couldn't find a solution
for their zone," Stojakovic said. "But when we got into
overtime, we did find the open guys and they hit the shots."
The Kings appeared on the verge on pulling away in the final
stages of the third quarter as they held a 72-62 lead with 68
seconds remaining. But after Keon Clark
's dunk, Malone had a
jumper, Kirilenko made a foul shot and DeShawn Stevenson
3-pointer as time expired to cut the deficit to 72-68.
Utah stayed in the game and forged an 84-84 tie, when Malone hit
a jumper with 5 1/2 minutes remaining. But the Jazz went
scoreless for over two minutes until Malone's driving layup at
the 3:11 mark that made it 88-86.
Despite Utah's slump, Sacramento couldn't take advantage. It
never got the lead above four points until Bobby Jackson
stripped Greg Ostertag
and went in for a layup with 1:46
remaining to make it 94-88.
Malone led the Jazz in scoring for the 10th straight game,
finishing with 25 points. But he was a non-factor in overtime
and struggled to stop Webber most of the night.
Stockton added 20 points and Stevenson chipped in 15 points for
the Jazz, who shot 43 percent (42-of-97) and outrebounded the
Bobby Jackson chipped in 14 points and nearly won the game late
in the fourth quarter for the Kings. His layup and foul shot in
final 1:46 seemed to clinch the win for Sacramento.
"It's never an easy win over these guys," Kings coach Rick
Adelman said. "It was a tough game. Both teams really competed
and played hard."
"It was back and forth the whole game," Utah guard Calbert
Cheaney said. "They are a good basketball team and it went
their way at the end of the game. We did a good job of sending
it overtime, but then they hit some big shots. They got off to
an early lead and we just couldn't overcome that."