OAKLAND, Calif., Feb. 2 (Ticker) --
In an overtime showdown with
, Brad Miller
had the final say.
Miller capped a career-best 38-point effort with six points in
the final minute of overtime as the injury-ravaged Sacramento
Kings posted a 111-107 victory over the Golden State Warriors.
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Miller's layup with 10 seconds left proved to be the
game-winner, sending the Kings to a key victory without three of
"Everybody's just trying to step up their game at certain
times," Miller said. "We've got a lot of guys that can play on
this team and everybody that's here got here for a reason. They
proved that they deserve to play in this league and we got a
lot of guys that can play."
The reigning Western Conference Player of the Week, Miller
matched a season low with four points in a loss to Seattle on
Tuesday. He started strong in this one and finished in dominant
"I knew I would come out and play a lot better than I did last
night," Miller said. "That's just what happens and the best part
about this league is you can have an off night and you're lucky
enough to go out there the next night and redeem yourself."
After Richardson hit a short jumper to tie the game, 105-105,
Miller answered with a difficult bank shot in traffic.
Richardson came back with another jumper, but Miller and Mike Bibby
executed a perfect pick-and-roll, resulting in Miller's
go-ahead layup with 10 seconds left.
Richardson, who scored 37 points on 15-of-26 shooting, was
fouled with five seconds left and had a chance to match Miller
again. He missed both free throws, however, and after securing
the rebound, Miller made two free throws to cap the scoring.
"We wanted (Miller) to keep taking shots," Sacramento coach Rick Adelman
said. "They run at you, put it on the floor, take it to
the basket. He did a great job."
"It's a part of the game," Golden State coach Mike Montgomery
said of his team falling short in the end. "(Richardson) had a
great offensive performance, there's no question about that. It
clearly wasn't his fault. If he makes both (free throws),
obviously it's a different situation. They've got to score or
we go to a second overtime."
Already without Chris Webber
and Peja Stojakovic
-- their top two
scorers -- the Kings took another hit when Cuttino Mobley
scratched with back spasms. But all five starters scored in
double figures and Sacramento managed to erase a 55-43 halftime
"We had to have big games from Mike and Brad," Adelman said. "We
weren't going to win this game with the other three starters
out. I think if you watch the first half when I took them out,
we stopped, so I had to keep them in the game if we were going
to have any chance at all to win it, and Brad was looking for
"I'm proud of our team for stepping up through the adversity
we'd been going through the past couple of weeks," said
Sacramento swingman Maurice Evans
, who scored 15 points in his
return from the injured list. "Different guys out,
uncontrollable things that you just have to deal with. We've
been persevering through a lot. That's the sign of a good team
with a lot of character."
scored 18 points and Bibby added 17 and 11
assists for the Kings, who had lost their last two visits to
"Regardless of who's missing, we play hard and coming into the
game we think we can win the game," said Bibby, who finished a
rebound shy of his third career triple-double. "We came in with
a lot of confidence, played good."
With the win, Sacramento avenged a 98-94 home loss to Golden
State on Dec. 26 in which Richardson scored all of his 26
points in the second half.
Continuing his solid play against Sacramento, Richardson scored
20 points in the first half, eight of Golden State's 11 in
overtime and reached the 30-point mark for the fourth time in
his last eight games. But his failure at the line resulted in
the Warriors' sixth straight loss.
"I missed the big shots," Richardson said. "It doesn't matter
what you did before, if the game is on the line and you could
tie it or you could win the game, you've got to make those shots. And I didn't."
Golden State was again without starters Troy Murphy
and Speedy Claxton
and had Cliff Robinson
serving the first of a five-game
suspension. All five of its starters also reached double
figures with Mike Dunleavy
scoring 18 and Derek Fisher