SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 29 (Ticker) --
Although sharpshooter Peja Stojakovic
was rusty in his return, the rest of the Sacramento
Kings were locked in.
scored 25 points and Brad Miller
added 20 and nine
assists as the Kings made 10-of-14 3-pointers in a 110-92
victory over the Charlotte Bobcats.
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Stojakovic missed the last three games with a sprained finger
and showed the effects Tuesday, missing his first six shots
until his 3-pointer in third quarter gave Sacramento a 74-57
lead. He finished 1-of-8 and scored a season-low five points.
"I felt good I was back," Stojakovic said. "The hand felt good.
I was lucky I didn't get it hit. As the games progress, the
hand will probably get better and my basketball shape will get
back to where it used to be."
Bibby, who is averaging 26.6 points over his last five games,
scored the game's first five points to set the tone. He later
added nine straight points for the Kings and finished the first
quarter with 16 on 6-of-6 shooting from the floor and 3-of-3
from the line.
"My shot felt good from the first shot I took," said Bibby, who
sank 9-of-11 shots, including 4-of-5 from beyond the arc. "It hit
nothing but net so I kept testing it to see if I was on fire. I
didn't miss, so I kept shooting it."
"(Bibby) came out and shot the ball well," Charlotte guard
said. "We knew that was something he was capable
of doing. They played a very good game tonight. We got down
early and just couldn't get it done."
Bibby sat for most of the second quarter, when Sacramento
expanded its lead to 59-46. But he scored nine points in the
third period, kicking off a 32-15 surge over the final 10
minutes with a 3-pointer as the Kings took a 91-66 advantage
into the fourth quarter.
One of the keys for Sacramento was slowing down ex-King Gerald Wallace
, who was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week on
Monday. Third in the league in field goal percentage, Wallace
was limited to mostly perimeter shots and finished 5-of-15 from
"We didn't get going from the start and they got some easy
shots," Wallace said. "As far as me and my teammates, we tried
to get back in, but took some forced shots and turnovers, and you
can't do that against a team like them at home. They did a
great job tonight."
"It was just a solid game for us all the way around," Kings
coach Rick Adelman
said. "We wanted to eliminate their easy
baskets and I thought we moved he ball really well the whole
Miller made his first five shots and finished 7-of-8 while
rookie Francisco Garcia
came off the bench to make all three of
his attempts, including two from the arc, as the Kings (7-7)
reached .500 for the first time this season.
"You wouldn't have thought (getting to .500) would be a goal of
ours," Miller said. "With the way we started out, obviously
it's nice to get there. We've got a tough one (Wednesday at
Golden State) to stay there. We've got to build off of this."
scored 15 points and Primoz Brezec
added 13 and a
season-high 12 rebounds for the Bobcats, who lost the opener of
a four-game road trip despite recording 12 steals. Charlotte
fell to 0-8 when scoring less than 100 points.