The Sacramento Kings have two games remaining on their six-game road trip, but coach Rick Adelman is already satisfied.
Adelman will be even happier if the Kings can get past the defending champion San Antonio Spurs at the SBC Center.
After opening their trip with a 95-89 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers last Thursday, the Kings dropped consecutive games in Memphis and Dallas. But Adelman was more than pleased when Sacramento rallied to beat the Houston Rockets 99-94 on Wednesday after trailing for most of the night.
“It was a good win for us on this long trip,” Adelman said. “A win like this makes your trip. We just stayed with it. We got real active defensively in the second half. We got a lot of deflections.”
While Bibby helped rally the Kings in the fourth quarter, he also missed four free throws in the final three minutes.
“I go through it every year,” Bibby said.
Bibby had three steals, while Stojakovic and Vlade Divac each had four. The Kings forced 22 turnovers.
“We played good help defense,” Bibby said. “It’s contagious. If we play defense like that we’re going to be hard to stop.”
The Spurs had lost two straight before outlasting the New York Knicks for an ugly 77-67 victory at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.
Tim Duncan had 30 points and 19 rebounds to lead the Spurs, who committed 26 turnovers and shot 38 percent from the field. San Antonio, however, also forced the Knicks into shooting just 36 percent and committing 18 turnovers.
“Both teams were pretty pitiful handling the ball,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “But the effort was there both ways.”