Wells, Kings End Slide By Routing Sonics
Sacramento 123, Seattle 104
SEATTLE, Dec. 10 (Ticker) -- Bonzi Wells, Mike Bibby and Peja Stojakovic all came up big as the Sacramento Kings ended a drought against an unlikely foe.
Wells scored a season-high 31 points, Bibby added 24 and Stojakovic 23 as the Kings ended a five-game losing streak by routing the Seattle SuperSonics, 123-104.
"We've been trying to get off this slide the last whatever (number of) games," Wells said. "We really needed this, especially on the road."
"Sometimes you just have bad nights," Seattle center Mikki Moore said. "They came in determined because they'd lost five in a row. We just didn't have anything for them."
Stojakovic, who hit the 20-point mark for the first time in six games, said the key to the victory was moving the ball on the offensive end of the court.
"The most important thing was we, as a team, moved the ball," he said of the Sacramento offense that recorded 30 assists on the night. "In previous games, we've been very inconsistent in that area and we won the game."
"It was good to get a few jump shots to go down," Wells said. "Brad (Miller) was passing well. Mike (Bibby) was passing well. This is the type of game we can have when all of us are clicking at the same time."
Although the Kings led most of Saturday's contest, they did not take control until the third quarter, when they outscored the SuperSonics, 30-13.
"We came out flat in the third quarter, couldn't get anything going," Sonics coach Bob Weiss said. "We were running in mud. Sacramento's been struggling and we let them off the hook."
Wells scored 11 points in the period, including six in a 19-3 burst he capped with a finger roll to make it 88-64 with 3:05 left and give Sacramento its biggest lead.
Shareef Abdur-Rahim added nine of his 17 points in the fourth quarter for the Kings, who led by at least 16 points after their decisive run.
Ray Allen scored 24 points for Seattle, which had won four of its previous five contests.