Sacramento uses 19-4 third-quarter run to take control
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- While Sacramento Kings leading scorer
Peja Stojakovic continues to be cautious with a sprained finger,
teammate Bonzi Wells is playing his way through a similar injury.
Mike Bibby scored 25 points and Wells had 23 points and nine
rebounds Wednesday night to lead the Kings over the New Jersey Nets
Scoring on a variety of shots inside and on the perimeter, Wells
didn't let a swollen middle finger on his right hand affect his
play, scoring 19 points in the second half for the Kings, who
snapped a two-game losing streak.
"Bonzi is a guy who plays with a lot of emotion, he's playing
with almost a broken finger right now," said teammate Shareef
Abdur-Rahim, who scored 16 points and had seven rebounds.
Stojakovic watched his second straight game in street clothes
after injuring a finger on his shooting hand in Sunday's loss at
"My finger has been messed up for a month. I'm hurting, but
it's nothing that will keep me from playing," Wells said. "Peja
is different, he's a shooter, it's (on) his shooting hand. For me
personally, I'm going to play."
Stojakovic's status remains day-to-day.
"It's really up to Peja, and the trainer and the doctor,"
Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "He shot the ball pretty well today
just catching and stuff. But I have no idea what the timetable
After shooting 55 percent in the first half, New Jersey went
cold in the third period, when the Kings used a 19-4 run over a
5-minute span to take control. Wells made a buzzer-beating jumper
and scored 11 points in the third, when the Kings outscored the
Nets 35-20 for a 94-78 lead.
Brad Miller had 20 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds for
Sacramento. Kevin Martin, who has struggled in the early season,
scored a career-high 18 points, including a steal and dunk early in
the fourth quarter, giving the Kings a 100-78 lead with 10:08
"We shot 54 percent and lose the game," Nets coach Lawrence
Frank said. "If there's a question about the value and importance
of defense, this is a great case example."
Abdur-Rahim said there was no revenge factor in beating the
Nets. He failed a physical in the offseason after it appeared he
would sign with the Nets as a free agent. Instead, he came to
"We lost two close games in a row, we didn't want to make it
three, that was my whole focus in this game," Abdur-Rahim said.
Marc Jackson had a season-high 21 points and nine rebounds and
Nenad Krstic scored 19 points for the Nets, who have lost
consecutive games to open a five-game road trip. New Jersey played
without leading scorer Vince Carter, who has a strained back
"Before we used to be a third-quarter team because we'd wear
teams out in the first half and then come out with that same
intensity," said Richard Jefferson, who had 16 points for the
Nets. "But we have a different group here, different mentality and
we need to figure that out."
Jason Kidd had 11 points and 11 assists, but he was ineffective
in the second half when Sacramento pulled away.
Miller had 15 points and Bibby scored 12 in the first half,
helping the Kings to a 59-58 lead. Kidd had 11 points, 10 rebounds
and four assists.<
^Notes:@The Nets have lost seven straight at Arco Arena, dating to
Nov. 30, 1997. ... Sacramento is 4-3 at home this season. Kidd had
eight points and six assists in the first quarter, when the Nets
led 27-26. ... Jackson made his first seven shots before missing
from close range late in the third quarter.
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