Fiery Kings outhustle Wolves on both ends

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The second-round series between

Sacramento and Minnesota is becoming as much about bad tempers as

it is great basketball.

Chris Webber guaranteed a Game 7, and the Sacramento star got

all kinds of help in making it happen -- even teammate Anthony

Peeler's ejection for throwing elbows at league MVP Kevin Garnett

had the Kings feeling good.

Mike Bibby had 16 points, 10 assists, five rebounds and three

steals despite foul trouble and the energetic Kings used an

inspired effort on both ends of the floor to survive elimination,

beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 104-87 in Game 6 Sunday.

The deciding Game 7 is Wednesday night in Minneapolis.

"Right now is the time we all dreamed about: Game 7," Webber

said. "We're ready. ... I'm very confident, but no more


Peja Stojakovic finally found his shot, scoring 22 points and

swishing a long 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer that gave

Sacramento the momentum in another testy affair between these

teams. Webber had 14 points, seven rebounds and three assists.

The Kings haven't won a Game 7 on the road since they were based

in Kansas City and beat Phoenix in 1981.

"The good thing is, we've been in this situation before,"

Webber said. "So I feel comfortable going into it."

Doug Christie had 16 points and sparked a strong defensive

effort against league MVP Kevin Garnett and company, and Sacramento

just plain outhustled the Wolves to loose balls and rebounds.

Latrell Sprewell scored 27 points and Garnett added 19, 10

rebounds and five assists for the Timberwolves, who are trying to

reach their first Western Conference finals. Sam Cassell scored 16

points before fouling out with 2:32 left, and he was hit with a

technical afterward for arguing. Cassell had to be held back from

an official by teammate Ervin Johnson.

The Kings were fired up from the start, jumping out to a big

lead early and calmly weathering a 17-0 run by Minnesota late in

the first quarter. After losing to Minnesota at Arco Arena in three

straight games this season -- including 114-113 in OT in Game 3 --

Sacramento has won its last two at home to stay in the series.

Peeler was ejected with 13.5 seconds left in the third after

throwing an elbow at Garnett. Peeler, who claimed Garnett tried to

hit him in the throat, had also elbowed Garnett on the previous

possession, then Garnett stuck his elbow into Peeler's chest when

the Kings came down on offense late in the third quarter.

Garnett was still grimacing from the previous hit when Peeler

struck him again and immediately got thrown out. Peeler and Garnett

have been sparring all series.

"I feel everybody should have gotten kicked out," Peeler said.

"It always takes two people to fight. It's never one person."

Garnett also received a technical and went to the bench. The

fans then started throwing glow sticks used for pregame festivities

onto the court. Vlade Divac lightly shoved a Minnesota assistant

coach during the scuffle but was quickly pushed away.

"This is not a class act," Garnett said. "I think you should

have a little more respect for the game."

Peeler got a hug from Divac, then waved at his bench before

leaving the court.

Bibby said the Kings supported Peeler.

"We ain't going to let anybody walk over us. We gave him a pat

on the back," Bibby said.

The first elbow thrown by Peeler was similar to the hit teammate

Brad Miller took in the midsection in a collision with Minnesota

guard Darrick Martin in Friday's Game 5. Martin fell, and as he lay

face-down on the floor, Miller pushed him hard in the back. Both

players were tossed.

Miller was fined $10,000 by the NBA on Sunday for an obscene

gesture toward fans following his ejection, then went out and

scored 17 points, grabbed seven rebounds and made five assists off

the bench.

While the Wolves took better care of the ball than in Game 4

here Wednesday when they made 24 turnovers, Sacramento's defense

made it hard for Minnesota to find a consistent rhythm.

Constantly trying to play catch-up -- Sacramento led by as many

as 16 early in the fourth quarter -- didn't allow Minnesota to relax

on offense.

Sprewell, who had 34 points, seven rebounds and six assists in

Friday's 86-74 Game 5 victory, attacked the basket and looked to

shoot every time he touched the ball early, scoring 12 points in

the first period. He was held to two second-quarter points.

Neither team went to free-throw line in the first quarter, with

the first free throw coming 6:22 before halftime.

Bibby was whistled for his fourth foul with 9:01 left in the

third and the officials began calling a tighter game.

Sacramento made nine of its first 12 shots to build a 19-11 lead

before a 17-0 run gave the Timberwolves a 30-24 lead after one

quarter. The Kings shot 60 percent in the first half on the way to

a 57-44 halftime lead.

They shot 50 percent after making just 33 percent of their shots

in Game 5.

Game notes
There was talk Kings G Bobby Jackson might return, but

Jackson watched in street clothes. He has a slight abdominal tear

and hasn't played in the postseason. ... Recently retired baseball

slugger Greg Vaughn, a Sacramento native, and Oakland Raiders

receiver Jerry Porter were among the celebrities in attendance. ...

Fan Warren Givens spent his 96th birthday at the game.