SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 12 (Ticker) -- Chris Webber
Sacramento Kings played with equal parts determination and
Webber scored 28 points and led a swarming defense on
as the Kings got even in their Western Conference
semifinal series with an 87-81 victory over the Minnesota
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Mike Bibby's double-double spelled trouble for the Wolves in Game 4.
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"It was a win we needed to get," Kings coach Rick Adelman said.
"I liked the way we played. It was just a win we had to get.
Now it's a three-game series."
The Kings blew a 10-point lead in the final four minutes of Game
Two at Minnesota and wasted a remarkable comeback in an
overtime loss in Game Three, putting their season on the line.
Led by Webber, Sacramento played with a purpose on both ends of
the floor. In the first quarter, he made all six of his shots
for 12 points and was part of a defense that harassed Garnett
and forced nine turnovers.
"I made up my mind tonight, whether they're going or not, I'm
going to play my game, do what I was brought here to do," Webber
said. "Or at least try."
"Webber was getting open jumpers and he was impressive in taking
them," Adelman said. "I really wanted to see how he was going
to react since he played a lot in the last game. He looked
Minnesota battled back from a 17-point deficit to tie the game
in the third quarter but could not overcome 40 percent
(29-of-72) shooting or 24 turnovers. After a very slow start,
Garnett made 8-of-18 shots and committed five giveaways.
"We had a lot of unforced turnovers," Minnesota coach Flip
Saunders said. "We just made bad decisions. We were doing
things I hadn't seen in a long time."
scored an energetic 20 points off the bench and
added 15 and 12 assists for the Kings, who avoided their
first three-game losing streak of the season.
"(Miller) was terrific. What can you say?" Adelman said. "Brad
makes all the hustle plays. He was active at all the right
Garnett had 19 points and 21 rebounds for the Wolves, who lost
for the first time in four games at Arco Arena this season but
host Game Five on Friday.
"I'm not going to make any excuses - too many turnovers and you
can't win any game," Garnett said. "We've got to take care of
the ball and just play basketball. ... The simpler, the better
we play. We'll get it right. It's good that we play in a couple
After a sloppy first quarter, Minnesota missed 11 of its first
12 shots in the second quarter and fell behind, 38-21, on a
three-point play by Peja Stojakovic
with 2:50 left in the first
"Maybe they were a little relaxed," Miller said. "Maybe they
were just happy about getting home court back."
The Wolves closed to 42-31 at halftime and kept coming, using an
11-0 surge to close to 46-44 midway through the third quarter.
A 3-pointer by Sam Cassell
, who scored 15 points, made it 53-53
with 2:33 left.
Baskets by Anthony Peeler
and Bibby gave Sacramento a 64-57 lead
early in the final period. Minnesota got no closer than five
points thereafter as Miller scored 11 points in the final 7 1/2
Webber also had a pair of key baskets - a flying dunk that
answered Fred Hoiberg's
3-pointer and made it 76-68 with 3:20
left and a banker that kept the margin at 80-72 with 1:21 to go.
"This was a good win but nothing to get excited about," Webber