Stojakovic had season highs of 30 points and 12 rebounds, and
Miller scored a season-high 27 points in the Kings' 12th victory in
13 games, 109-92 over the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday night.
Webber sat out for the first time this season to rest his sore
left knee. He is expected back for Friday's game at Minnesota.
With Stojakovic and Miller leading the way, the Kings were one
of the NBA's elite teams last season while Webber recovered from
surgery to repair torn ligaments in the knee, which he hurt during
a playoff game in May 2003.
"The guys who have played without (Webber) knew what to do,"
Miller said. "Peja got a lot of rebounds and stepped up his
offense, Darius (Songaila) made a lot of great plays ... and I shot
a lot of free throws."
Miller went 15-for-18 from the free throw line, and Songaila
matched his career high with 17 points and 11 rebounds in
Sacramento's fifth straight win. Stojakovic hit three 3-pointers --
and one game after his streak of 36 straight free throws ended, he
went 9-for-9 from the line.
"We missed Chris, but it's good for everybody to take more
responsibility," Stojakovic said. "We did a pretty good job
defensively and on the boards."
Bobby Jackson scored 16 points for the Kings, who took charge
early in their first meeting with the expansion Bobcats. Sacramento
had a 15-0 run spanning halftime and easily held on for its ninth
win in 10 home games this season.
New acquisition Kareem Rush scored 14 points in his debut with
the Bobcats, who kept it close despite having just nine players in
uniform one night after a double-overtime loss to the Clippers.
"We just don't have many choices right now," said Charlotte
coach Bernie Bickerstaff, who got a technical foul in the closing
minutes while complaining about the Kings' 34-18 advantage in free
throws. "We've got to get some bodies back. Especially after
playing two overtimes last night, I had some concerns. The effort
is there. We just need to get some guys back."
Starting center Primoz Brezec sat out with a sprained right
ankle, but six Bobcats scored in double figures in the second game
of the franchise's first West Coast road swing. Emeka Okafor had 10
points and 15 rebounds, Steve Smith scored 16 points and Brevin
Knight added 14.
"It's not easy right now, but you just have to make the best of
the situation," Okafor said. "Hopefully we'll get some guys back
soon, and that will take the load off."
Rush hit his first jumper in orange and looked comfortable in
the Bobcats' up-tempo offense. Charlotte gave two second-round
draft choices to the Lakers for Rush's smooth outside shot -- and
with his new team short-handed, Rush ended up playing 27 minutes
without knowing many of the plays.
The Kings have lost just once in four weeks -- but they haven't
been able to gain any ground on the Pacific Division-leading
Phoenix Suns, who also have won 12 of 13.
Greg Ostertag took Webber's starting spot, but Songaila provided
his usual burst of energy in his most extensive playing time of the
"Chris got a chance to rest, and at the same time, it gave
everyone else a chance to be on the floor a little bit more,"
Sacramento is 49-2 at home against Eastern Conference teams
over the last four seasons. ... Bobcats F Gerald Wallace, who spent
his first three NBA seasons as a fan favorite with the Kings before
leaving in the expansion draft, missed his third straight game with
a concussion. ... Okafor airballed a free throw in the fourth
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