Sacramento 103, L.A. Lakers 83
SACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan. 16 (Ticker) --
Minus three future Hall of Famers, the Los Angeles Lakers were no match for Peja Stojakovic
, Mike Bibby
and the Sacramento Kings.
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Stojakovic scored 11 of his 23 points and Bibby eight of his 21 in the decisive third quarter as the Kings rolled to a 103-83 triumph over the undermanned Lakers in the first meeting of the season between the Pacific Division rivals.
scored 15 points, Doug Christie
added 12 and Vlade Divac
chipped in 11, seven assists and six rebounds for the Kings, who improved their league-best home record to 21-2. Sacramento has won its last six games at ARCO Arena.
Los Angeles was missing injured stars Shaquille O'Neal
, Karl Malone
and Kobe Bryant
but trailed by only four points late in the first half. After scoring the opening points of the third quarter to pull within 47-40, the Lakers allowed the Kings to embark on a 17-0 run, which ended on a 3-pointer by Stojakovic
with 7:11 remaining.
"I believe we were more relaxed, we figured out that with patience and going to our big guys, we could get really good opportunties on the offensive end," Stojakovic said. "Vlade kind of opened up for us, he scored a couple of times, and then we started shooting from the outside. Also defensively, we
stopped their easy shots and made them work for their shots."
"We were kinda relaxed and they came at us in the first half," Bibby said. "Then we just jumped on them and went at it at our pace in the second half. We came out in the third quarter and were making our shots."
Sacramento, which has been without injured All-Star Chris Webber
all season, opened an 82-55 cushion after three quarters and rested Stojakovic and Bibby for the final 12 minutes.
"Just a solid win," Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "(In the) third quarter, we really got active defensively and got our hands on a lot of balls, and our energy really picked up and we put it away."
scored a career-high 30 points and Gary Payton
added 16 for the Lakers, who shot 41 percent (35-of-85) as they dropped their seventh consecutive road game. The Kings connected on 55 percent (39-of-71).
"I think we came out and played really well in the first half," Rush said. "We came out in the second half thinking we were still in the game and scored the first basket, but then they put
"We did OK," Payton said. "That's a good team. And (when) we get all our guys back, we'll be a good team, too."
Sacramento, which never trailed, had 29 assists and committed just 13 turnovers.
"You want your team to perform well enough to compete in the ballgame," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "That's the one thing we wanted to be able to do. We put some pressure on them so it would be a competitive game. But we got that blown out of the water."