SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 8 (Ticker) --
When the Sacramento Kings
couldn't seem to buy a basket in the fourth quarter, Mike Bibby
came to the rescue.
Bibby made a 3-pointer off the glass at the buzzer to give the Sacramento Kings an 85-82 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies in a finish that was not without a bit of controversy.
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In completing a three-game season series sweep, the Kings won
their 14th straight home game against the Grizzlies and are 19-1
in the series at ARCO Arena.
Bibby, who scored 10 of Sacramento's 11 points in the fourth
quarter, took an inbounds pass from Peja Stojakovic
seconds left and banked in a 27-foot turnaround jumper to give
Sacramento its ninth home victory in 11 outings.
The inbounds pass was tipped by Grizzlies swingman James Posey
but replays showed the clock did not start until Bibby received
the ball. Memphis coach Mike Fratello
argued to no avail that
the shot should not have counted.
"They did not start the clock and the ball was deflected," Fratello said. "Therefore, the
game should be in overtime right now."
"That how it goes sometimes," Bibby said. "We got the last shot."
The Kings made only one basket over 12Ĺ minutes bridging the
third and fourth quarters before Bibby scored seven consecutive
points to put Sacramento on top, 81-72, with 5:07 to go.
"We were getting good shots, open shots," Kings forward Darius Songaila
said. "In the end, it came down to getting big stops
on the defensive end and Mike making that big shot."
Memphis rallied with a pair of 3-pointers by Brian Cardinal
a driving layup by Posey in a 10-1 spurt that tied the game,
82-82, with just under a minute to go. But Posey missed a
go-ahead 3-pointer with four seconds remaining.
"They kept coming back," Bibby said. "But we got what we
wanted. We got the defensive rebound and we got the last shot."
Stojakovic scored 19 points and Maurice Evans
career-high 14 rebounds for the Kings, who shot 36 percent
(30-of-83) from the floor -- their lowest percentage in a victory
this season -- to raise their all-time record against the
Grizzlies to 31-8.
Cardinal scored 15 points and Posey and Lorenzen Wright
apiece for the Grizzlies, who saw their four-game winning
"You always get a great show when you come to ARCO," Posey said.
"That's what it is, a show."
Kings coach Rick Adelman
696th game, tying him with Hall of Famer Red Holzman for 15th
place on the all-time list.