PHILADELPHIA, March 4 (Ticker) --
Without Chris Webber
, the Sacramento
Kings produced the NBA's best record. With Webber, they
appear even more dangerous.
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In just his second game of the season, Webber collected 24
points, six rebounds and 10 assists as the Kings defeated the
Philadelphia 76ers, 114-105, for their ninth victory in their
last 10 road games.
All-Star Peja Stojakovic
added 27 points, Mike Bibby
21 and All-Star Brad Miller
19 off the bench for the Kings, who had 32
assists on 35 baskets as they improved to 20-2 against Eastern
Conference teams this season.
"I'm not happy that we lost the game," Sixers coach Chris Ford
said. "But we were playing against one of the better teams in
Webber missed the first 53 games after offseason knee surgery
and an eight-game suspension, but he has looked extremely sharp
since returning. He had 26 points and 12 rebounds in 30 minutes
in a win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday and helped
lead the decisive run in this one.
"I've been working hard and waiting to get back to this point,"
Webber said. "It's hard for me to take it like everybody wants
me to take it, to ease back into it. So I'm just glad I'm just
taking advantage of my opportunities and just trying to make the
best of it."
"I'm just amazed at him," Kings coach Rick Adelman
two games he's played, he's played at a very high level. He
shot the ball well. Tonight, he had 10 assists and 20-plus
points. We have such an advantage with those three big guys
(Webber, Miller and Vlade Divac
), that we can run everything
through any of the three and that really makes a huge
The Kings, who had 22 assists on 22 first-half field goals, blew
a 14-point halftime lead and trailed, 79-77, before embarking
on a 17-1 burst bridging the final two quarters. Miller scored
seven points and Webber five during the tear, which ended on a
layup by Miller that made it 94-80 with 9:20 left.
"We started really walking around offensively, (and) we kept
letting them get to the basket and getting quick scores,"
Adelman said of the third quarter. "But the start of the fourth
quarter was huge. We got that quick spurt and got the lead.
That opened it up and made it difficult for them."
"We tied it up, 72-72," said Sixers forward Kenny Thomas
had 15 points and 13 rebounds. "Then it just seemed like they
took over the game, and we never had a chance after that."
scored just 11 points on 2-of-21 shooting against
the New York Knicks on Wednesday, but he had 32 points on
13-of-22 shooting and 10 assists for the Sixers, who have lost
18 of their last 24 games.
"They have a lot of firepower," Iverson said of the Kings. "It's
hard to deal with those guys, because they have five guys out
on the court, all of them are shooters, all of them are great
passers, and all of them play unselfish. It's just hard to stop
Iverson suffered tendinitis in his left Achilles fouling Bibby
with 33 seconds remaining and was in pain after the game.
"I did it at practice, my first full practice before we played
on Wednesday," Iverson said. "I really didn't think (anything)
of it. I didn't think it was that serious. Then, when I played
the game Wednesday, it was kind of tight, and tonight I felt a
little soreness, but it didn't affect me at all on the court.
And then once I tried to foul Mike Bibby, then I felt a sharp
pain and I just wanted to get it checked out and get some