WASHINGTON, March 17 (Ticker) -- Kwame Brown
embarrassed Chris Webber
help the Washington Wizards hand the Sacramento Kings a second
straight embarrassing loss.
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Brown had career highs of 30 points and 19 rebounds as the
Washington Wizards stopped a seven-game losing streak with a
stunning 114-108 victory over the Sacramento Kings.
The first overall pick in 2001, the 22-year-old Brown has been
slow to develop. But he had the best game of his young career
while matching up at times against one of the NBA's best power
forwards in Webber.
Brown hit his first seven shots and scored 16 points in the
opening quarter. He finished 12-of-16 from the field while
playing all 48 minutes.
"I just felt confident tonight," Brown said. "I hit a couple of
shots, and I felt like I couldn't miss. I wanted the ball every
Brown also frustrated Webber, who seemed a step slow. The
superstar returned earlier this month after undergoing offseason
"It's a shame when you let someone get their career points and
rebounds against you," said Webber, who scored 16 points and
committed five turnovers.
"Chris Webber's just not himself right now," Wizards coach
Eddie Jordan said. "You can see on tape. He doesn't have his
lift, he doesn't have his quickness. He doesn't really have
anything but his feel."
Unlike his coach, Brown failed to offer any sympathy for the
"Webber seemed like he was a little slow," Brown said. "I think
he's injured. But, he's out there on the floor; I'm going to go
Brown was not alone in his battle against Webber as point guard
collected 27 points, 10 assists and a career-high
eight steals. Arenas made just 9-of-29 shots but hit five of
the Wizards' seven 3-pointers.
Arenas' 3-pointer with 5:52 left in the third quarter gave the
Wizards the lead for good, 65-64. Washington extended the lead
to 84-75 entering the final period.
The Kings rallied in the fourth quarter, closing to 105-103 with
two minutes remaining on a pair of free throws by Brad Miller
But Mitchell Butler
made a jumper with the shot clock winding
down with 1:36 left, then 10 seconds later Webber put up an
underhand shot that landed over the backboard.
, who had 12 points off the bench, scored on a dunk
with 73 seconds left to all but seal things for the Wizards.
scored 25 points and Mike Bibby
added 20 for the
Kings (49-19), who clinched a playoff berth when Portland lost
at Indiana. Sacramento, coming off Tuesday's defeat at New
Jersey, has lost consecutive games for the first time since
Sacramento coach Rick Adelman was upset with his team's effort.
"We just seemed to be out of sync as a team," Adelman said.
"We're not playing at the same level, we play in spurts and
spurts aren't good enough to win in this league. We're just not