SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 11 (Ticker) --
The Sacramento Kings showed
the Dallas Mavericks what might have been in last year's
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and Doug Christie
each scored 22 points as the
Kings had five players with 16 or more en route to a 120-102
rout of the Mavericks.
Dallas defeated Sacramento in the 2003 Western Conference
semifinals after Kings forward Chris Webber
suffered a knee
injury in Game Two. Webber returned last week and Sacramento -
finally close to full strength - gave the Mavericks a taste of
what they missed last year.
The Kings dominated the first quarter, scoring 37 points on
16-of-23 shooting. Mike Bibby
made all five of his shots and
scored 10 points in the period as Sacramento built a 10-point
lead and never looked back.
Bibby finished with 21 points and 10 assists and Brad Miller
collected 21 points and 16 rebounds as the Kings tied Indiana
for the best record in the NBA.
Webber had 16 points and eight rebounds for Sacramento, which
shot 57 percent (48-of-85) from the floor and made 9-of-20
3-pointers against one of the league's worst defensive teams.
scored 21 points to lead the Mavericks, who have
lost four of their last five to fall two games behind the
fourth-place Los Angeles Lakers in the West.