Kings 96, Warriors 92
SACRAMENTO (AP)—On a night when Chris Webber finally looked like a player who had been idle for the better part of a year, the Sacramento Kings still found a way to defeat the Golden State Warriors again.
The win by the Kings (47-16) was their 11th straight over the Warriors in Sacramento, and it came despite a season-high 26 points and 18 rebounds by Golden State center Erick Dampier.
Webber, who returned to the Kings’ lineup on March 2 following left knee surgery, had one of the poorest outings of his career.
Other than his team-high 11 rebounds, Webber was ineffective and tentative, totaling just five points and missing 19 of 21 shots.
“You’ve got to live with the good nights and the bad nights. I just didn’t play the way I wanted to,” he said.
At one point midway through the final quarter, the sellout crowd booed after Webber missed yet another short jumper. Sacramento played the final 4:18 with Webber on the bench.
Peja Stojakovic added 20 points for the Kings, who shot just 38.3 percent from the floor.
“There was no secret that he was going to have ups and downs,” Kings coach Rick Adelman said of Webber, who had averaged 24 points and nine rebounds in three games before sitting out Sacramento’s 107-90 win at Orlando on Sunday.
“You’re going to have to live with that. It’s not like he hasn’t been out nine months, and he’s only been back a week. So I think it’s a matter of him just fighting through it and getting to the point where he feels comfortable, but I don’t think anybody on our team shot the ball very good.”
Golden State missed two prime chances to take the lead before Bibby’s late spurt. Trailing 83-82, Both Robinson and Richardson missed driving shots in traffic on consecutive possessions.
Then Bibby took control.
The point guard hit a jumper from the top of the key, then scored on a right-handed scoop layup while driving left.
Nearly a minute later, Bibby missed on another drive attempt, but his shot was tipped in by Vlade Divac for an 89-82 lead with 1:23 to go.
“We missed a lot of shots down the stretch,” said Dampier, whose recorded his 35th double-double of the season. “Loose balls got away from us. If we got any of those, it would have been a totally different game.”
Initially, everything went the way of the Warriors, who blocked 12 shots to Sacramento’s one, and had two more assists (22-20) than the league’s top assist team.
The Kings started lethargically, missing their first six shots and turning the ball over at a rapid rate. Golden State used a 10-0 run to take a 12-2 lead and had a 16-5 advantage before Sacramento responded.
Stojakovic scored six points and reserve Anthony Peeler hit a 3-pointer just before the end of the period to give the Kings a 23-22 lead.
Dampier continued to keep the Warriors in contention by dominating in the paint. He finished the first half with 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting, and had eight rebounds.
Sacramento led just 45-44 at halftime, but the Warriors were in the midst of a game-long struggle at the free-throw line. Golden State was 5-of-9 from the stripe in the first half, and finished the night 13-of-24 (54.2 percent).
“I thought we played with maximum energy,” Golden State coach Eric Musselman said. “Obviously shooting 54 percent from the line hurt us tonight. And then Sacramento did a great job on the backboards.”
Webber, Brad Miller (10 rebounds) and Stojakovic (nine) led the Kings rebounding effort, which included 30 on the defensive end.
But of that trio, only Stojakovic had a presentable night on offense. Milleradded five assists, but he had just seven points on 3-of-13 shooting.
Sacramento had won 15 in a row overall against Golden State before losing to the Warriors 98-91 on December 26 in Oakland. Prior to that, Golden State’s last win over Sacramento came on December 20, 1999 … Sacramento entered the game having doled out a league-high 1,656 assists (26.7 apg). Brad Miller and Divac (626 assists, 10.1 apg) had more assists than the opponents’ starting guards combined (565 assists, 9.1 apg) … With two more wins, Kings coach Rick Adelman can tie Les Harrison for the most victories in franchise history (295). Harrison coached the Rochester Royals for seven seasons(1948-1955).