SACRAMENTO, Calif., Dec. 30 (Ticker) -- Mike Bibby
and Kenny Thomas
allowed the Sacramento Kings to close a tough month on a high
Bibby collected 33 points and 10 rebounds and Thomas added a
season-high 29 points as the Kings posted a 116-112 victory over
the struggling Boston Celtics.
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Sacramento came in with a 4-9 record in December and saw
starters Peja Stojakovic
, Bonzi Wells
and Shareef Abdur-Rahim
all go down with injuries.
The loss of those players made Bibby the focal point of the
offense. He responded with season-highs of 38 points and 10
rebounds in a win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.
Bibby continued it Friday as his 3-pointer gave the Kings a
71-56 advantage with 8:45 left in the third quarter.
However, the Celtics rallied behind Ricky Davis
3-pointers. Davis netted three of the 3-pointers as he scored
14 of his 33 points in the third quarter as Boston grabbed an
82-81 edge with less than two minutes left in the period.
Sacramento built a seven-point lead in the fourth quarter, but
Boston shaved its deficit to 104-101 with 2:53 left on a pair of
free throws by Paul Pierce
, who collected 22 points and nine
However, the Kings responded with a 9-2 burst, with Thomas
scoring seven of them to hand the Celtics their third straight
loss on their West Coast swing and drop them to 2-11 on the road