SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Perhaps the surging Sacramento Kings
could use a close game at home for a change.
Coach Rick Adelman doesn't think so.
Peja Stojakovic scored 26 points and Sacramento beat the Memphis
Grizzlies for the eighth straight time, 109-89 Tuesday night for
Kings' sixth win in a row.
The Kings have won their six home games this month by a combined
98 points -- and Adelman appreciates convincing wins.
"I don't care as long as it's a win," Adelman said when asked
if a nail-biter might be needed soon to keep Sacramento sharp.
"With 82 games, you're going to have enough of those."
15 points for Sacramento, which remained unbeaten at home.
Stojakovic also had nine rebounds.
Pau Gasol had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who
have lost 18 of the last 19 meetings with the Kings and their last
11 games at Arco Arena. Memphis was held below 90 points for the
second straight game.
New California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and wife Maria Shriver
were on hand to see the Kings improve to 8-0 at home this season
with their 15th straight victory in Arco.
But Sacramento needed a big second half to do it.
Stojakovic had 12 of his points in the Kings' decisive third
quarter, when they outscored the sloppy Grizzlies 31-14 and took
advantage of eight Memphis turnovers.
"They turned up the heat and we didn't respond," Memphis guard
Shane Battier said. "We need to find a way to pick it up in the
The league's highest-scoring offense surpassed its season
scoring average of 105.3, finally coming to life in the third
quarter after a slow start.
"Guys, wake up!" one fan hollered late in the first quarter,
and the Kings obliged.
Jason Williams, a 1998 first-round draft pick by Sacramento who
played his first three seasons for the Kings, had 15 points and six
assists for Memphis.
Sacramento started the third quarter with a 9-2 run, then
Stojakovic scored seven as the Kings scored nine straight points to
go up 75-63. Stojakovic had a 3-pointer followed by an uncontested
dunk the next time down the floor during the spurt.
Sacramento's Brad Miller entered the game with five straight
double-doubles, but finished just shy of a sixth with 13 points and
The Grizzlies shot 66.7 percent in the first quarter to build a
35-24 lead, getting 16 points in the paint in the opening period.
The Kings were held to only eight assists in the first half, but
trailed by only a point, 57-56, at halftime because of poor
free-throw shooting by Memphis (9-of-19).
Bibby's 3 with 4:06 remaining in the half broke a 44-all tie and
gave the Kings their first lead since the opening minutes.
Sacramento, which won a season-high six straight three times last
season, used four reserves for much of the second quarter.
"We got a little down, but everyone stayed focused and just
tried to pound the ball inside, and I think that ultimately defense
won it for us," Kings guard Doug Christie said.Game notes
Schwarzenegger sat in a luxury box with Kings co-owner Joe
Maloof. The governor received a standing ovation when introduced in
the third quarter, then later moved down to a courtside seat. "It
was my first time seeing him in person," Stojakovic said. "I was
excited to see him." ... Memphis C Jake Tsakalidis picked up his
third foul with 7:33 left in the first quarter and played only
eight minutes, getting six points and one rebound. ... Christie and
his wife will pass out 50 Thanksgiving food baskets Wednesday to
families at a local soup kitchen. ... Battier needed four points to
reach 2,000 for his career, but had just two after scoring in
double figures in his last seven games.
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