SACRAMENTO, Calif., Dec. 21 (Ticker) --
Washington's big three were
not enough to stop Sacramento's reunited fab four.
With Chris Webber
back after missing one game with a sore left
knee, the Sacramento Kings got a huge effort from Webber, Peja Stojakovic
, Mike Bibby
and Brad Miller
in a 104-93 victory over
the Washington Wizards.
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Webber came back strong, scoring 20 points and grabbing 10
rebounds to go along with six assists and a pair of steals. Miller scored 19 points and had eight boards to team with
Webber to form the inside complement to Stojakovic and Bibby's
Stojakovic, Miller, Doug Christie
and Bibby all logged over 40
minutes as the starting five scored 98 of the team's 104 points.
"I really like being out there on the court," Bibby said. "I
can't do anything from the bench. I feel I need to be out there
to get things done."
Stojakovic and Bibby scored 26 and 24 points, respectively, and
combined to drain 8-of-13 from the arc.
Stojakovic ignited a 15-0 first-half run with three straight
from beyond the arc, giving Sacramento their biggest lead at
39-25. The Kings sharpshooter hit a 26-footer with 41 seconds
left in the first quarter, then nailed a running 3-pointer
as time expired. Stojakovic buried another three just 14 seconds
into the second period.
"After the first one I kind of got going. The second one, ending
the quarter, I kind of got lucky," said Stojakovic. "Overall it
was a good game."
Washington was playing in back-to-back games and for the third
time in four nights and wilted down the stretch.
After an alley-oop dunk from Bibby to Maurice Evans
Sacramento an 87-77 lead with 8:48 remaining, Gilbert Arenas
two 3-pointers and another jumper to key an 8-2 run that
got the Wizards within 89-85 with 6:35 to play.
But the Wizards did not make a field goal over the final 3:39 of
the game and fell to 2-2 on their five-game road swing.
"I'm just very proud of my team for this road trip and playing
as hard as we did tonight, especially at the end of the trip
against a very good team," Wizards coach Eddie Jordan
Washington, one of the surprise teams in the NBA thus far,
clearly is improved compared to the squad that managed just 25
wins last season.
"They're a good team this year," Miller said. "They've got a lot
of athletes out there now. But we had a bunch of guys just
getting scrappy and just going after it tonight."
"Fortunately we made some good plays down the stretch," Kings
coach Rick Adelman
said. "Brad was terrific, especially in the
fourth. He got his hand on so many balls and came up with
offensive rebounds when we needed to get the ball back."
Washington gets a four-day break before visiting Minnesota on
"The last game of a road trip is always tough," said Wizards
guard Larry Hughes
. "We played with pretty good
energy. We didn't give them anything easy."
Arenas, Hughes and Antawn Jamison
, who entered the game
averaging 75.7 points on the road trip, were held to 61.
Arenas scored 22, including 11 in the fourth quarter, while
Jamison added 20 and Hughes had 19.
Kings guard Bobby Jackson
sat out the second half after
aggravating a left wrist injury. His status for Thursday's game
against Miami is listed as day-to-day.