Kings topple New Jersey

Posted: Friday, January 10, 2003

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Sacramento Kings considered it a measuring stick game. By the time it ended, they were standing a whole lot taller than the New Jersey Nets.

The second-best team in the West humiliated the top team in the East, going on a 38-10 run bridging the first and second quarters in a 118-82 victory Thursday night that prevented the Nets from matching the longest winning streak in franchise history -- 11 games.

It was the first home loss for the Nets since Nov. 16, when the West's other powerhouse -- the Dallas Mavericks -- beat them by eight. That game at least was competitive, a quality this game lacked for a majority of its 48 minutes as the Kings built a 42-point lead.

''I'm stunned. I didn't expect to lose by 36 points,'' Nets coach Byron Scott said. ''Not a good time to play one of your worst games.''

Peja Stojakovic scored 24 points, Mike Bibby added 23 and Chris Webber had 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Kings, who won their fourth in a row to improve to 27-9.

The Kings took the Nets out of their running game, were the aggressors on both ends of the court and kept New Jersey from making any kind of a run after taking a big lead by the end of the first quarter.

''We all came in focused. We know they're the best in the East, and we wanted to see how we measure up against them,'' Webber said. ''Yes, it was definitely a statement game, but at the same time I remember last year winning a lot of statement games and losing Game 7 (of the Western Conference finals).''

Jason Kidd was outplayed by Bibby, finishing with 10 points on 5-for-17 shooting including 0-for-4 from 3-point range.

Lucious Harris and Jason Collins scored 11 apiece for the Nets, whose home winning streak was snapped at 13.

''We're here to break it,'' Bibby said before tipoff.

The game changed as soon as Kidd went to the bench for a rest with 5:23 left in the first quarter -- a move that Scott has been making consistently over the past 10 games.

Trail Blazers 90, Spurs 87

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Scottie Pippen and Derek Anderson scored 19 points apiece as Portland Trail Blazers held off San Antonio for its 11th win in 13 games.

With the score tied at 80, Dale Davis hit a turnaround jumper and Anderson added a layup with 1:30 left.

San Antonio's Tim Duncan scored, and his free throw pulled the Spurs within 84-83. But Pippen's running jumper stretched the Blazers' lead and Anderson's driving layup with 17 seconds left put them ahead 88-83.

Duncan narrowed it again to 88-85 with 7.7 seconds to go, but Tony Parker fouled Anderson. He made both foul shots, and Parker's layup with a second left didn't matter.

Stephen Jackson had 18 points and Parker added 17 for the Spurs, who snapped a three-game winning streak.



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