Saturday , Jan , 17 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Sacramento Kings Team Report – January 17

=== Sacramento Kings Team Report – January 17 ===

(Sports Network) – Peja Stojakovic scored 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting to
lead the Sacramento Kings to a 103-83 rout of the injury-plagued Los Angeles
Lakers on Friday at ARCO Arena.

Stojakovic, who came into the game shooting slightly under 50 percent for the
season, continued his solid shooting by hitting eight of his first 10 shots in
the contest, as Sacramento won its fourth straight game and increased its lead
over Los Angeles to 4 1/2 games in the Pacific Division.

Mike Bibby added 21 points and Vlade Divac contributed 11 points, seven
assists and six rebounds for the Kings, who have won eight of their last nine
at home.

Once again Los Angeles was forced to play without three-fifths of its starting
lineup. Center Shaquille O’Neal, forward Karl Malone and guard Kobe Bryant all
remained sidelined with injuries.

“They didn’t have their big guns. So we did what we had to do,” Sacramento’s
Brad Miller explained.

Sacramento shot 55 percent from the floor.

Bobby Jackson finished with 15 points off the Kings’ bench, while Miller
grabbed a game-high 15 boards for Sacramento.

The Kings are off until Monday when they visit the Los Angeles Clippers.