Kings 102, Warriors 77

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP)—Getting out of last place in the Pacific Division is just a start for the Sacramento Kings. They have designs on a playoff berth this season.

The Kings began after following the All-Star break as Brad Miller scored 17 points and Mike Bibby had 16 Tuesday night, leading Sacramento to a 102-77 victory over the Golden State Warriors.

Sacramento’s ninth straight victory at home pushed the it past Golden State in the Pacific Division standings and out of last place.

“We’re trying to make a (playoff) push. LA’s the spot in front of us now so that’s our next goal,” Miller said of the Lakers, who the Kings visit Thursday night.

Sacramento built a double-digit lead early in the second quarter and kept adding on against the lethargic Warriors, who shot a season-low 32 percent in registering their lowest point total of the season.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 15 points, Francisco Garcia scored 13 and Ron Artest had 11 for the Kings, who have won three of four overall.

With five days off, the Warriors demonstrated signs of rust right away, missing their first five shots, later misfiring on 12 straight and finishing 5-for-26 in the opening quarter.

Jason Richardson struggled throughout the game for the Warriors. He was 5-for-15 in the first half and played only 11 minutes the rest of the game, finishing with 15 points.

“We made him work, he took 20 shots to score 15 points,” Kings coach Rick Adelman said of Richardson, who was averaging nearly 23 points a game.

Mickael Pietrus scored 16 points for the Warriors, Andris Biedrins had 12 and both Derek Fisher and Ike Diogu added 10.

In his first game back after missing four with an ankle sprain, Troy Murphy had five points and five rebounds.

“At practice yesterday we could barely get 94 feet we were so tired,” Golden State coach Mike Montgomery said. “We just couldn’t run and it carried over to today. The break really took its tool on us and Jason (Richardson) is a little under the weather. Troy is coming back from about 2 1/2 weeks of not being able to do anything.”

Following a quiet first half, Bibby got going in the third quarter. The crafty point guard scored 11 points on a variety of shots as the Kings built an 81-54 lead heading into the final period.

“We played good, we played together,” Bibby said. “We played a good defensive game. We made them take tough shots. We were making our shots and came out on top.”

The Kings shared the basketball in dominating the first half and took advantage of a soft Warriors defense. Abdur-Rahim scored 11 points and both Artest and Miller had nine as Sacramento took a 54-38 lead into the half.

“It was a good win, you’ve got to enjoy the wins,” Artest said. “But we can play better.”


Warriors PG Baron Davis missed his third straight game with a sprained right ankle. … Kings F Kenny Thomas had 13 rebounds in 21 minutes, but left the game early in the third quarter after taking an elbow from Murphy going for a rebound. A cut on Thomas’ forehead required five stitches.

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