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Sacramento 111, Utah 91
Kings Advance After Tuning Out Jazz in Game 5

Chris Webber dropped in 10 of his 26 points in the third period.
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SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 30 (Ticker) -- In what may have been the last game with the Utah Jazz for Karl Malone and John Stockton, the Sacramento Kings became the first team to advance to the conference semifinals.

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Malone, Stockton and the rest of the Jazz made a quiet exit in a 111-91 loss to the Kings, who wrapped up their Westwern Conference first-round series in five games.

Chris Webber had 26 points and 11 rebounds and Peja Stojakovic scored 22 points for the second-seeded Kings, who advanced to the conference semifinals for the fourth straight year and await the winner of the Dallas-Portland series.

For the first time in franchise history, Utah has been bounced in the first round three straight years. It marked the second straight season it was eliminated by Sacramento, but this one may hold more meaning.

The 39-year-old Malone, a member of the Jazz since 1985 and the NBA's second all-time leading scorer, becomes a free agent July 1 and may go elsewhere in pursuit of an elusive championship.

The 41-year-old Stockton, the runaway all-time leader in assists and steals, has been contemplating retirement for the last couple of seasons. It is highly possible this was his last NBA game.

Malone had early foul trouble and scored 14 points on just 5-of-17 shooting, while Stockton managed eight points and seven assists. They both exited to a standing ovation from the Arco Arena crowd with 5:01 remaining and the game totally out of hand.

"I haven't stopped to think about that yet," Stockton said. "Obviously, I have some time now, and I'm going to gte back home. I'll talk to the powers that be, including coach (Jerry Sloan) and (owner) Larry Miller, et cetera, and see what my future is."

Malone had early foul trouble and scored 14 points on just 5-of-17 shooting, while Stockton managed eight points and seven assists. They both exited to a standing ovation from the Arco Arena crowd with 5:01 remaining and the game totally out of hand.

"It was very nice," Stockton said. "It's kind of tough to sit there and enjoy it when you know what the score is. There is a lot of things that go through your mind about that time, but it was very nice."

Sixth Man Award winner Bobby Jackson scored 18 points and Vlade Divac added 16 for the Kings, who never trailed, shot 53 percent (38-of-72) from the field and defeated the Jazz for the seventh time in nine meetings this season.

In the first quarter, Stojakovic scored 10 points and Divac added nine as the Kings got off to a quick start, racing to a 29-15 lead. Meanwhile, things could not have began worse for the Jazz.

Malone sat down after picking up his second foul at the 7:29 mark. Just over a minute later, Utah center Greg Ostertag argued a call and was ejected by referee Bernie Fryer.

The Kings led by 18 points in the second quarter before settling for a 53-41 halftime bulge. Baskets by Tony Massenburg and Matt Harpring opened the second half and cut the deficit to eight points, but Sacramento's Mike Bibby answered with a basket and two free throws.

The Jazz pulled within single digits just once more, at 58-49 on a jumper by Stockton with 8:04 left in the third quarter. Bibby and Stojakovic made free throws around a jumper by Webber.

Sacramento opened its lead to 85-65 on a reverse layup by Stojakovic with 55 seconds left. Utah got no closer than 14 points in the final period.

Bibby had 12 points and seven assists for the Kings. Harpring and Scott Padgett scored 16 points each for the Jazz, who shot 41.5 percent (34-of-82).



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