Webber led Sacramento to its ninth straight victory in Utah, scoring 14 of his 25 points in the third quarter in the Kings’ 109-102 win over the Jazz on Friday night
“I think our style is just beating their style for whatever reason,” Webber said. “Maybe because the first taste of the playoffs we had was here and they sent us away. We’ll always remember that.”
Webber keyed a 9-0 run early in the third quarter that gave Sacramento a 66-58 lead. After going 2-of-9 from the field the first half, Webber was 7-of-8 in the third quarter, including three dunks.
Webber’s jumper gave Sacramento a 76-68 lead with 2:05 left in the quarter, and Bibby closed out the scoring in the period by converting a three-point play with 47 seconds left to make it 81-70.
Stojakovic scored 13 points in the final 6 minutes, including a 3-pointer that banked in with 2:46 left that gave the Kings a 106-94 lead.
Boozer and Keith McLeod kept the Jazz close. They each scored eight points in the quarter, but after Boozer’s jumper cut it to 107-99 with 42 seconds remaining, Webber finished off the Jazz with another dunk.
“Sometimes things happen where for whatever reason you have an ability to beat the other team,” Sacramento coach Rick Adelman said. “We know when we come here they’ll play hard and they’ll come at us and we’re usually ready to play.”
In addition to nine straight wins in Utah, Sacramento has won 14 of its last 17 games against the Jazz.
Sacramento center Greg Ostertag made his first appearance at the Delta Center after signing with the Kings as a free agent. Ostertag played nine seasons in Utah. He went scoreless in just 4 minutes. … Jazz guard Raja Bell returned to the lineup after missing a game because of an inflamed right knee.