SACRAMENTO, Calif., Dec. 7 (Ticker) -- Chris Webber
due to a knee injury. Luckily for the Sacramento Kings, they
did not need him against the expansion Charlotte Bobcats.
scored a season-high 30 points with 12 rebounds
and Brad Miller
added a season-best 27 points to make up for
Webber's absence as the Kings won for 12th time in 13 games with
a 109-92 victory over the Bobcats.
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got the start for the injured Webber, who took the
night off to rest the same knee that forced him to miss all but
23 games last season.
"I was excited," said Ostertag, who scored just two points in 13
minutes. "When something like this happens, you just have to
be ready to go."
Without Webber, the Kings struggled with the Bobcats'
pick-and-roll in the first half and needed a late run to take a
55-48 lead into the break.
Miller helped wake up Sacramento in the third quarter, scoring
five points in an 11-2 run to make it 66-50 with 7 1/2 minutes
"When they got it up to 12, I knew we were in trouble,"
Charlotte coach Bernie Bickerstaff said.
drew Charlotte within 74-62 with a 3-pointer three
minutes later, but Stojakovic scored eight points in the final
4:26 of the period to help Sacramento take a comfortable 85-69
advantage into the fourth quarter.
"I just tried to be aggressive coming off the screens and get
open looks," Stojakovic said.
Smith scored 16 points and Kareem Rush
added 14 in his debut for
the Bobcats, who are the only winless road team in the NBA
"We're young and we're an expansion team," Smith said. "We've
been in games, but not this one."
The shorthanded Bobcats, who dressed only nine players due to
injuries, jumped on Sacramento in the first quarter, using a
16-4 run at the end of the period to take a 28-22 lead.
While Ostertag took Webber's spot in the starting lineup, it was
who took advantage of the extra playing time.
Songaila provided a spark off the bench, scoring 10 of his
career-high 17 in the second quarter. He also grabbed a
season-high 11 rebounds in 37 minutes for the Kings, who
improved to 7-1 in their first meeting with an expansion team.
Rookie Emeka Okafor
, who played 52 minutes in Monday's
double-overtime loss to the Clippers, recorded his eighth
straight double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds but tired
late. He did not hit the rim on a free throw in the fourth
"My shots were short, that last free throw had nothing on it,"