SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 30 (Ticker) --
Bonzi went bonkers for the
resurgent Sacramento Kings.
had 25 points and 17 rebounds as the Kings ran away
for a 102-84 victory over the San Antonio Spurs, evening their
Western Conference first-round series at two games apiece.
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After dropping the first two games, including an overtime
contest in Game 2, the eighth-seeded Kings used the frenzied
atmosphere of Arco Arena to get back in the series.
pumped some life back in the Kings as he converted
a running layup as time expired for a 94-93 victory in Game 3 on Friday.
On Sunday, the Kings took the lead for good midway through the
second quarter and used an 18-7 run to close the first half en
route to a 54-43 lead.
Wells, who was limited to six points in the first half, scored
12 points in the third quarter as the Kings maintained the lead
before blowing the top-seeded Spurs off the court over the final
Holding a 75-64 advantage entering the fourth quarter, the Kings
opened the period on an 11-2 surge to take control for good.
Wells, who made 9-of-11 shots, scored the final seven points of
"It's unbelievable sometimes when they chant your name, from where I came from and how hard people have been on me over the years," said Wells, who was booed in Portland and benched in Memphis during his career. "It just feels great to be part of something special."
Wells drew praise from coach Rick Adelman
. "He's just been a monster," Adelman said. "They have a hard time guarding him. He's quick, he's aggressive, he's obviously strong. I think the most impressive thing is the way he rebounded the ball ... he had 17 boards tonight."
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich
also spoke highly of Wells. "He's been a one man wrecking crew," Popovich said. "Not that other people haven't played well also, but he's been pretty special at both ends of the court. Scoring and rebounding has been magnificent for him."
Sacramento led by as 26 points in the fourth quarter - the defending champion Spurs' biggest deficit of the season - prompting Popovich to empty his bench. Brad Miller
contributed 19 points and Mike Bibby
14 of his 16 in the first half for Sacramento, which shot 50 percent (38-of-76) and held a 37-31 rebounding advantage.
"In our eyes we should be up three to one but we're not," Bibby said. "We have a lot of confidence. We know we can play with them. We just have to go out and do it. We played both ends of the court tonight, last (game), and the game before. We're hard to beat when we play like that." Despite heading to the bench less than two minutes into the contest with two quick fouls, Kings defensive stalwart Ron Artest
again shut down Manu Ginobili
, limiting him to three points.
"He might not be as publicized as LeBron James
or Kobe Bryant
, but I play like he's Kobe or Michael Jordan," Artest said. "He's so talented and athletic. You've got to give 100 percent every minute of the game or he'll scorch you. I just try to play hard from the first second to the last."
scored 22 points and Tim Duncan
17 for San Antonio, which heads home for Game Five on Tuesday. "We predicate all that we do on our defense and we just weren't good tonight," Duncan said. "We're going to have to find a way to really contain these guys."