SAN ANTONIO, Jan. 29 (Ticker) -- Bobby Jackson
showed why he is in the
running for a second straight Sixth Man of the Year award.
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Jackson scored 12 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter to lead
the Sacramento Kings to a rare victory over the San Antonio
had 22 points and Mike Bibby
added 17 for the
Kings, who lost 10 of 12 meetings with the Spurs over the
previous three seasons. This was the first of four encounters
"It's a regular-season game, we play them three more times,"
Stojakovic said. "They play East Coast basketball - tough on
the defensive end and patient on offense."
Sacramento had a 78-76 advantage before Jackson nailed the first
of three 3-pointers with 7:59 remaining in the final period.
San Antonio, which trailed, 89-80, with less than three minutes
to play, pulled within 91-87 on a dunk by Malik Rose
off a steal
by Manu Ginobili
with 46 seconds left.
But after a timeout, Jackson again connected from the arc, this
time from the left elbow with 29 seconds to play. Bruce Bowen
fouled him and Jackson made the free throw to give the Kings an
eight-point cushion - and send of the crowd at the SBC Center to
"They could have gone or not gone," Jackson said of his
3-pointers. "If I would have missed them, they'd write that you
missed the key jumpers. You have to have confidence and shoot
"Bobby has been great for us," Stojakovic said. "He brings a
lot of energy off the bench, especially on the offensive end.
He can get it going anytime, no matter if you have a hand in his
face. Tonight, he was awesome."
The Kings, who improved to 11-9 on the road, are 3-2 on a
season-high six-game trip. They went 2-1 through the "Texas
Triangle," losing to Dallas but beating Houston.
"You take them one game at a time," Stojakovic said. "You never
plan something like that. We see what we can do better.
Dallas was kind of a mix for us, but we came back against
Houston and San Antonio. The defensive end was the key."
San Antonio, which got 35 points and 18 rebounds from All-Star
, jumped out to a 14-3 lead after four minutes, but
Sacramento stormed back to take a 27-22 edge after the quarter
and led thereafter.
"It was a heckuva win," Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "I guess
we tried to lull them to sleep at the start of the game, but
after that, we really played solid."
The Kings scored 22 points off 15 turnovers by the Spurs, who
managed just 12 points off 13 giveaways by Sacramento. The
Kings, who made half of their 74 shots, also had a 34-8
advantage in bench scoring.
"We played, unfortunately, two distinct halves," Spurs coach
Gregg Popovich said. "In the first half, mentally we were poor
and lax on defense. In the second half, we played excellent
defense. Give Sacramento credit, they knocked down a three
every time we got within four or five."