PORTLAND, Ore., Feb. 5 (Ticker) --
Despite the return of Peja
Stojakovic and Chris Webber, Mike Bibby and the Sacramento Kings
could not overcome the late heroics of Damon Stoudamire and the
Portland Trail Blazers.
Stoudamire scored nine of his 30 points in the final six minutes
as the Trail Blazers held on for a 114-108 victory over the
Kings, who got 35 points from Mike Bibby.
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Webber's basket with 4:22 remaining reduced Sacramento's deficit
to 94-89, but Stoudamire answered with his fourth 3-pointer of
the game just 19 seconds later.
The two teams exchanged baskets over the next two minutes and
Webber hit another basket with 2:20 to go to bring the Kings
within 99-94. Stoudamire answered by scoring the next four
points, burying a jumper and hitting a layup to give Portland a
103-94 cushion with 91 seconds to go.
Webber, Stojakovic, Bibby and Cuttino Mobley each hit a
3-pointer in the final minute, but Portland hit 10-of-11 free
throws over that stretch to put away the game.
Zach Randolph scored 10 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter,
including four foul shots in the final minute, and Nick Van Exel
hit five free throws down the stretch to finish with 23 points.
Stoudamire, who had eight assists, hit 11-of-17 shots for the
Trail Blazers, who shot 55 percent (43-of-78) from the floor
while winning their fourth straight at the Rose Garden.
Bibby scored 28 points in the second half to keep the Kings in
Webber had 20 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for his 19th