INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 11 (Ticker) -- Chris Webber
and Mike Bibby
Sacramento Kings rolling and the Indiana Pacers reeling.
Webber scored 24 of his 26 points in regulation and Bibby had
two key baskets in overtime as the Kings hung on for a 97-92
victory over the Pacers, who have lost seven in a row.
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Webber produced his second straight strong game since sitting
out a contest to rest his sore right knee. He scored eight
points in just over six minutes in the fourth quarter to lead
Sacramento back from a five-point deficit early in the period.
"Definitely, it was a nice win," Webber said. "I was nervous,
really nervous going into tonight's game. I will say one thing
right now, we respect the heck out of the Indiana Pacers."
In two games since his break, Webber has scored 51 points and
grabbed 17 rebounds.
In overtime, Bibby made a steal and raced in for a layup to give
the Kings an 89-87 lead with 2:24 left. His jumper 70 seconds
later put Sacramento ahead to stay, 91-90.
"I would have rather gotten the win in regulation, but we were
able to get some defensive stops when we needed it in overtime
and pull out the victory," Bibby said.
made a pair of free throws and ex-Pacer Brad Miller
hit four straight from the line in the final 13 seconds
to seal the win. Indiana guard Reggie Miller
missed a potential
tying 3-pointer with six seconds left.
The Kings, who overcame 24 turnovers, have won 13 of their last
15 games and improved to 78-16 vs. Eastern Conference opponents
"It's a win. It was quite a battle," Sacramento coach Rick Adelman
said. "We were terrible (with the turnovers). There
were hardly any forced. You don't have to make the home-run
play. We were lucky to win down the stretch."
A pair of giveaways in the final 30 seconds of regulation doomed
the Kings' chances to win it before overtime.
The Pacers are struggling through their worst slide since
With point guard Jamaal Tinsley
out for the third straight game
with a sprained ankle, Indiana again was too thin to survive
down the stretch.
"For them to be depleted the way they are and to be playing with
that group of guys the way they are says a lot about what this
organization is about," Webber said.
, who played with some pain after suffering an
apparent foot injury in the fourth quarter, did all he could to
pick up the slack. He scored 21 points and gave the Pacers
their last lead, 90-89, with a long 3-pointer in overtime.
scored 11 points and swept a career-high 18 boards
for Indiana, which made just 3-of-24 3-pointers. Miller, the
league's all-time leading 3-point shooter, was 1-of-9 from the
arc, missing his last six.
"Shooting, there is no explanation as to why we are missing
3-pointers," said Croshere, who was 2-of-8 from 3-point range.
"It could be because of the lack of our post game which does not
allow us to kick the ball back out and give our guys good open
"Tonight we were so close and could have very well won this
The Pacers rank among the league leaders in 3-pointers made per
game but have hit just 18-of-77 (23 percent) over their last
Sacramento has won six straight in the series.