SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The Sacramento Kings refused to take
the credit for their best defensive game in 50 years. They aren't
really that good, they insisted.
The Toronto Raptors were just plain bad.
Despite a sprained right thumb, Brad Miller had 10 points, 12
rebounds and four blocked shots.
All 12 Kings looked like All-Defensive Team nominees against the
punchless Raptors, who passed poorly, shot even worse and didn't
even come close to reaching their league-low average of 76 points
The Kings hadn't shut down any opponent this thoroughly since
Nov. 10, 1953, when the then-Rochester Royals held the Philadelphia
Warriors to 66 points.
"They don't make a lot of shots," said Bobby Jackson, who had
13 points, six rebounds and six assists. "They rely on Vince
(Carter) a lot, and if he's not carrying them, they're not going to
score a lot."
Carter scored 13 points on 5-of-21 shooting for Toronto, which
lost its sixth straight in Sacramento and remained winless on the
road this season. The Raptors had just 10 assists while losing
their ninth straight road game dating to last spring.
It wasn't even the Raptors' worst offensive performance of the
season: Toronto scored just 56 points against Minnesota on Nov. 1
and 60 against Washington six days later.
"It's over and done with," Carter said. "A game like that
doesn't make sense even to look at. You try to bounce back and get
that bad taste out of your mouth. We didn't play any kind of
organized basketball, in my opinion."
"It's not going to be like this for much longer," Bosh said.
"It can't be. We missed shots we usually make. I think as time
goes on, it's going to change."
Both teams were playing their third game in four nights, and
both looked exhausted in the first half. Trouble is, the Raptors
didn't perk up after halftime, either.
Toronto scored just one basket in nearly six minutes during the
second quarter, while the Kings failed to score in the final 5:43
of the first half yet still held a six-point lead.
Sacramento took control with a 25-8 run in the third quarter,
fast-breaking past the Raptors for easy baskets. Stojakovic scored
eight points in the rally as the Kings won their 21st straight home
game against Eastern Conference opponents.
"They rely on Carter a lot, and Doug (Christie) did a really
good job of making him work and contesting his shots," Sacramento
coach Rick Adelman said. "We did a good job of locking in, but
they also just missed a lot of shots."
Sacramento used just seven players while blowing a 24-point lead
in an overtime loss at Portland on Thursday night, but Adelman used
everybody against Toronto. The bench responded with 41 points.
Songaila, acquired from Boston in the offseason, had his most
impressive game yet during a promising start with the Kings. He
played 26 minutes, contributing five assists and three steals.
"As much time as I've spent on the side watching these guys,
I've seen there's so much ball movement," Songaila said. "I've
never been on a team where everybody, even the big guys like Brad
and Vlade (Divac), move the ball like we do."
New addition Anthony Peeler had played in just two of the
Kings' first eight games, but he got 22 minutes against the
Raptors, scoring five points. ... Kings point guard Mike Bibby and
Carter were teammates on the U.S. national team this summer in
Puerto Rico. ... Sacramento improved to 5-4. The Kings have played
336 games without having a losing record -- since they were 22-23 on
April 26, 1999.
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