Sacramento (32-14) at Portland (19-26)

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  • Game info: 10:00 pm EST Sat Feb 5, 2005
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With each win, the Sacramento Kings believe more and more they can survive without injured All-Stars Chris Webber and Peja Stojakovic.

They’re also imagining how good they’ll be when they have their full lineup back on the court.

The short-handed Kings will shoot for their third straight victory and fifth in six games when they visit the Portland Trail Blazers.

Webber sat out his fourth straight game Friday due to an injured knee, and Stojakovic missed his sixth in a row because of back spasms. Making matters worse, recently acquired shooting guard Cuttino Mobley was unavailable for his second straight game, also due to a bad back.

But the injuries didn’t stop the resourceful Kings from rallying for a wild 116-115 victory over the New York Knicks.

Mike Bibby scored 15 of his career-high 40 points in the fourth quarter, and Matt Barnes made the go-ahead free throw and two big defensive plays to help Sacramento overcome an 11-point deficit in the final 3 1/2 minutes.

“I wasn’t going to give up, I’ll tell you that,” Bibby said. “We were going to keep fighting until that buzzer went off. I’ve never had too many comebacks like that. How everybody played is unbelievable.”

Brad Miller had 35 points for the Kings, who have won three straight on the road.

Webber, Stojakovic and Mobley will continue to be listed as game-time decisions.

“Hopefully we will get some guys back, because I don’t know how much more of this I can take, and how much more we can do this,” Kings coach Rick Adelman said.

The Blazers got a boost from rookie point guard Sebastian Telfair on Friday. With starter Nick Van Exel struggling through a scoreless night, Telfair contributed a career-high 23 points off the bench as Portland held off expansion Charlotte 101-89.

Damon Stoudamire also had 23 points and Ruben Patterson added 21 for Portland in the Blazers’ second straight victory since forward Darius Miles returned from a two-game suspension.

Miles, suspended last week after using racial slurs in a tirade against coach Maurice Cheeks in a film session, had 10 points in 27 minutes.

Telfair, the 19-year-old star from Abraham Lincoln High in Brooklyn, eclipsed his previous best of 14 points. He also scored nine fourth-quarter points in Wednesday’s 97-94 home win over Denver.

The Blazers have won three in a row at the Rose Garden.

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