The Sacramento Kings hope their slump is behind them.
After road losses to New Jersey and Washington, the Kings beat the Indiana Pacers 94-92 in a matchup of conference leaders Friday night.
“We haven’t been playing well,” Kings coach Rick Adelman said. “We needed to get a win. After losing the way we did in New Jersey (94-77), then getting beat in Washington, what it says about this team is we’re resilient.”
Mike Bibby’s game-winning shot with 1.2 seconds left against Indiana gave Sacramento just its second victory in five games. Even more encouraging for the Kings was that Chris Webber played 42 minutes, his highest total in a season he has missed most of with a leg injury.
“It felt good for me to get the minutes, be a little more active,” Webber said. “I just loved to be in there that long.”
The Kings now return home to Arco Arena where they are 30-5 and have won five straight.
The Rockets, meanwhile, are trying to hold down seventh place in the West. However, Houston is coming off a pair of losses, including a 90-84 setback to the lowly Golden State Warriors on Friday.
Cuttino Mobley led Houston with 25 points, and Yao had 10 points and nine rebounds—shooting just 4-for-15 after getting 29 points, 19 rebounds and six blocks in a loss to Phoenix on Monday night.
Charles Oakley got in the game for the final 1:59 a day after the 40-year-old power forward signed a 10-day contract with the Rockets. The 6-foot-9, 245-pound Oakley just wants to contribute down the stretch.
“I’m trying to fit in and help us get to the playoffs,” he said. “This late in the season, I’m trying to play consistently.”
STANDINGS (through March 19): Rockets - 5th place, 7 GB, Midwest Division. Kings - 1st place (tied), Pacific Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Rockets - Yao, 17.5 ppg and 8.9 rpg; Francis, 6 apg. Kings - Stojakovic, 24.7 ppg; Miller, 10.7 rpg; Divac, 5.8 apg.
SEASON SERIES: Kings, 2-0.
LAST MEETING: Jan. 28; Kings, 99-94. At Houston, Bibby equaled a season high with 28 points as the Kings rallied after trailing for most of the game.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Rockets - 14-17 on the road; Kings - 30-5 at home.