SACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb. 5 (Ticker) -- Mike Bibby
Sacramento Kings didn't have a meltdown in the fourth quarter
this time around.
Bibby had 23 points and six assists and Kevin Martin
points as the Kings rebounded from rough loss to post a 96-78
triumph over the Utah Jazz.
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The Kings had a horrific fourth-quarter collapse in Friday's
89-79 loss to the Jazz. They went 0-of-20 from the field and
scored only 12 points - all on free throws - while being
outscored by 22 in the period.
On Sunday, Sacramento could do no wrong, opening the final
quarter on a 8-0 run and were never challenged thereafter.
"We got stops when we needed to and that's the main thing," said
Bibby, who made 7-of-19 shots. "Our stops turned into
Rookie Francisco Garcia
led the way, scoring nine of his 11
points in the fourth, helping the Kings to a 31-20 edge in
"Last game I think we just gave up in the fourth quarter and
they were playing defense and being aggressive," said Garcia,
who had four of his five blocks in the fourth quarter. "Today we
decided to be the aggressive team in the fourth quarter and
come at them like they did to us."
's two free throws closed the Jazz within 61-56
with 2:31 remaining in the third quarter. But then Sacramento
pulled away for good behind a commanding 14-2 run as it held a
75-58 bulge with 8:34 remaining in the fourth. Garcia drained
back-to-back 3-pointers during the run.
scored on a layup with 5:24 left and Garcia's
block of a shot by Devin Brown
led to a 3-pointer by Ron Artest
to give the Kings a comfortable 84-64 advantage.
"We huddled up (entering the fourth quarter) and said remember
last time, we were up double figures and let up," Garcia said.
"We had to stop them defensively. Defense wins games and I was
just trying to be everywhere on the floor."
Artest played despite a painful hip pointer suffered Friday.
His warrior-like mentality inspired Sacramento defensively as
they held Utah to just 39 percent shooting (29-of-74).
"We've got guys that can play," Artest said. "Whatever I can do
out there that's effective and positive, I just try to do."
"I don't know how he played and fought through that," Kings
coach Rick Adelman
said. "If you saw him yesterday, he was
hardly walking, and then he came out here (and played). He
doesn't care that he had nine points, he had a real presence on
the floor defensively."
had 10 points and nine rebounds and Artest added
nine points and two steals for Sacramento, which shot 42 percent
(31-of-73) overall and blocked 10 shots.
scored 25 points and Matt Harpring contributed 14
off the bench for the Jazz, who made just 2-of-11 from 3-point
"We gave (Sacramento) everything they needed to get their game
going and win the ball game," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan
took the timeout with four minutes left in the fourth because I
felt like the guys that were in just weren't going to get the
"They are a veteran team and know how to play basketball,
especially on their home court," Okur said. "They were just