Tuesday , Mar , 02 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Webber to make season debut

Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – The Sacramento Kings will welcome Chris
Webber back into the lineup this evening when they conclude a three-game
homestand against the Los Angeles Clippers at ARCO Arena.

Webber, who will likely start tonight, was sidelined the first 50 games of the
year recovering from offseason knee surgery and missed the last eight games,
while serving a suspension for pleading guilty last July to charges of lying
to a grand jury about his relationship with a University of Michigan booster,
who claimed he loaned the power forward $616,000.

The Kings, though, have not missed a beat without Webber and own the league’s
top-mark with a 43-15 record and are a game in front of the Minnesota
Timberwolves for the top spot in the Western Conference.

Sacramento continued to roll on Sunday and tallied a 108-94 win over the
Phoenix Suns.

Peja Stojakovic, who has thrived in Webber’s absence, finished with 32 points
and seven rebounds in the winning effort. Doug Christie contributed 28 points,
nine assists and eight rebounds for the Kings, who won for the fifth time in
six games.

Brad Miller, who had missed the last seven games with an ankle injury, had 16
points and 10 rebounds in his return, while Vlade Divac had six points, eight
rebounds and nine assists.

The Kings, who will hit the road for three games following tonight’s tilt,
have won four of five at home and is 26-5 at ARCO this season.

Sacramento is 10-2 in games played on Tuesdays this season.

The Clippers, meanwhile, dropped their third game in four tries on Sunday and
found themselves on the wrong end of a 100-88 decision against the Detroit
Pistons at the Staples Center.

Elton Brand collected 26 points and 10 rebounds for the Clippers, who have
dropped eight of their last 11. Quentin Richardson added 22 points and 10
rebounds in the losing effort.

LA, which will return home for three games following tonight’s tilt, has
dropped seven of its last eight on the road and is 8-21 away from home this
year.

The Clippers have already lost three times this season to the Kings and could
be at a disadvantage tonight, as the home team in this series has won 10 of
the last 14 meetings. The Clippers have also dropped 15 of their last 16 in
Sacramento.

LAC SAC