Sacramento 108, L.A. Lakers 84
LOS ANGELES, March 28 (AP)
-- With the playoffs only three weeks away, it appears the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers are in a bit of trouble.
had 25 points and 12 rebounds, and Peja Stojakovic scored seven of his 22 points in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter as the Sacramento Kings beat the Lakers 108-84 Wednesday night.
|Sacramento's Peja Stojakovic drives around the Lakers' Rick Fox Wednesday night.|
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The Kings scored seven of the first half's final nine points to go ahead for good, then outscored the Lakers 51-31 in the second half, when Los Angeles made only 11-of-43 shots (25.6 percent).
"It was just a terrific win," Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "It was one of our best road wins. After Sunday's game, and then playing overtime last night, our guys mentally really got into this game."
The Lakers rallied for an 84-72 victory over the Kings in Sacramento on Sunday, putting the game away by scoring 18 straight fourth-quarter points to overcome a nine-point deficit.
"It was kind of payback for Sunday."
-- Peja Stojakovic
The Kings then beat the New York Knicks 124-117 in overtime Tuesday night.
"It was kind of payback for Sunday," Stojakovic said. "Back-to-back, that's tough. We really looked kind of fresh, didn't we? They looked tired, and they were at home."
By handing the Lakers their most one-sided loss at home this season, the Pacific Division-leading Kings extended their lead over the Lakers to two games. Sacramento has 12 games left, Los Angeles has 10.
scored 25 points in the first half, but was held to eight in the final 24 minutes to finish with 33 along with 11 rebounds. He left Staples Center without speaking to reporters.
was the only other Laker to score in double figures, finishing with 12 points and eight assists.
"That was an ugly (second) half," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "We just couldn't hit a shot. They were doubly hot. The third quarter malaise I can't explain, except to say they weren't going to give Shaq the same kind of shots and collapsed on him. We had open shots and couldn't convert them."
The win also snapped the Kings' six-game regular-season losing streak to the Lakers, including three this season. Sacramento has won 10 of 13 since Webber returned from a 10-game absence because of an ankle injury.
The Lakers, who lost their second in a row -- each by more than 20 points -- played their fourth straight game without Kobe Bryant
, who has a sprained left ankle. It's uncertain when the NBA's third-leading scorer will return.
"This was a very important win, especially at this place," Webber said. "We wanted some revenge. For me, it's satisfying, the team as well. When you lose and you play bad, it doesn't feel good."
Webber scored 15 points in Sunday's loss, making only 7-of-26 shots.
Hedo Turkoglu scored 17 points for the Kings, making 6-of-7 shots, including three from 3-point range along with a pair of free throws. Doug Christie
added 13 points and Bobby Jackson
had 11 on 5-of-5 shooting.
Sacramento outscored the Lakers 16-7 to finish the second quarter and start the third for a 66-58 lead, and the Kings scored 10 straight points, including five by Webber and four by Stojakovic, to make it 78-63.
The Lakers drew within 10 before Turkoglu scored the last five points of the third quarter to make it 85-70, and Stojakovic helped the Kings outscore the Lakers 15-5 to start the fourth period, clinching the victory.
The Lakers made eight of their first 11 shots, including 3-of-3 each by Derek Fisher
and Horace Grant
to take a 17-7 lead.
After the Kings scored seven straight points, O'Neal went on a rampage, scoring his team's next 13 points to give him 17 in the first quarter and putting the Lakers on top 30-27.
Reserves Turkoglu and Jackson combined to score 18 points in the second period to help the Kings take a 57-53 halftime lead. Each made four shots in as many tries.
Jackson returned to action after missing Tuesday night's game to be with his ill mother in North Carolina. ... The Kings, averaging 101.3 points, and the Lakers, averaging 100.7, are the NBA's highest-scoring teams. ... The Lakers have a 6-3 record without Bryant, who is averaging 29.2 points. ... The Lakers had won 18 of the previous 22 regular-season games between the teams dating to last season. ... Webber made only 19-of-58 shots in the previous two games between the teams. He missed his first five shots in this game before making three straight, and finished 11-of-23. ... Sacramento's Vlade Divac
, who had five points and 10 rebounds, had two teeth knocked out midway through the fourth quarter by an O'Neal elbow. Divac said afterward he didn't believe it was intentional.