Webber's double-double overshadowed by Mobley's 30

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Chris Webber is ready to move on.

After dressing in the visitors' locker room, wearing Philadelphia's

black uniform and hearing one last roar from the crowd, his seven

seasons in Sacramento finally feel like the past.

And his warm memories of his time with the Kings will last much

longer than the sting of this loss.

Webber had 20 points and 10 rebounds in his first game back at

Arco Arena since the Kings traded him last month, but Cuttino

Mobley scored 30 points in Sacramento's 118-109 victory over the

Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night.

In recent days, Webber did his best to think about anything

instead of his trip back to Sacramento. It finally hit him during a

phone call with Mike Bibby last week -- but strangely, it didn't

bother him.

"You've got to remember, I'm still friends with these guys,"

Webber said. "I talk to them every day about everything. ... I

want to keep these memories here in Sacramento as the best I've

ever had. I just want to enjoy what I had."

Webber spent parts of seven seasons in Sacramento, leading the

team in scoring for five straight years while the Kings made six

playoff appearances and won two division titles in the longest

sustained period of winning in the franchise's history.

The sellout crowd showered Webber with cheers, including a

lengthy standing ovation during pregame introductions -- but the

Kings controlled most of the second half with the up-tempo offense

Webber so loved to play.

Mobley hit six 3-pointers in his best game since joining the

Kings, and fellow newcomer Kenny Thomas had 20 points and 15

rebounds against his former team.

After hitting four of his first five shots, Webber never got in

a rhythm. The five-time All-Star went 8-for-26, missing nine of his

12 shots after halftime -- and after he returned to the game with

5:37 to play, Sacramento scored nine straight points to clinch the


Webber left the game to mild cheers with 16.9 seconds left, and

he headed up the tunnel to the 76ers' locker room with time still

on the clock. He was followed by Allen Iverson, who had 34 points

and eight assists.

"None of this compares with being traded," Webber said.

"Being told you're traded, nothing compares to that. ... It's been

tough, but that's life. What's great is I'll always have the

memories to fall back on. Nothing can make this a bad day for me."

Although the Kings decided to reconfigure their roster without

their longtime power forward's surgically repaired knee and $127

million contract, the fans haven't forgotten the good times he

provided. Dozens turned out in jerseys and T-shirts featuring

Webber's No. 4, and many others held up signs in tribute.

"I'm just glad everything is over," Iverson said. "All the

excitement around the whole thing is over, and know now he can

officially get out of Sacramento and make Philly his home."

The Kings' recent additions dominated their ninth straight

victory over Philadelphia. Mobley was outstanding from outside,

where he led the Kings' 11-for-15 shooting on 3-pointers, and his

rebound dunk with 3:40 to play punctuated the victory.

Brian Skinner -- who joined the Kings along with Thomas and

Corliss Williamson in the trade -- had 13 points and a career-high

19 rebounds, patrolling the lane with the force and smarts he

rarely got a chance to show as a benchwarmer in Philadelphia.

Even Bibby emerged from his eight-game shooting slump in the

fourth quarter, scoring 13 of his 18 points as the Kings buried

Philadelphia with 36 points. Peja Stojakovic had 26 points, hitting

two 3-pointers.

The 76ers are 9-7 since acquiring Webber, while the Kings

improved to 10-8 since his departure. The full impact of the trade

won't be known for years, but Sacramento won both of the clubs'

head-to-head meetings since the deal.

The Kings' three former Sixers had their homecoming just three

days after the trade, when Sacramento won 101-99 at Philadelphia on

Feb. 26. Webber had a chance to win that game in the final seconds,

but missed a layup after grabbing an offensive rebound.

This game was important for Webber, but Thomas and Skinner also

couldn't wait.

"I went to bed at around 8 o'clock last night, so I was really

looking forward to it," Thomas said. "I was just trying to come

out with a lot of energy. ... Overall, our energy was unbelievable.

I think this was one of the best games we've played since I've been


Game notes
Skinner also had a career-high five assists. ... Williamson

missed the game because of a migraine headache. ... Sixers C Samuel

Dalembert missed two layups and a 2-foot hook shot during one

bizarre sequence in the first quarter. He finished with 16 points,

16 rebounds and five blocked shots, however. ... Iverson was

14-for-31 after making just five of his 28 shots against the Lakers

on Sunday night.