Wednesday , Mar , 03 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Webber makes triumphant return in win over Clippers

Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Chris Webber made a triumphant return to the
Sacramento lineup, recording 26 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Kings to a
113-106 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers at ARCO Arena.

“It feels so good to be contributing to your team instead of being a
distraction in the media or a negative for the stupid things that you’ve
done,” Webber said. “I didn’t expect to play [like that]. It was just so much
adrenaline to hear my name announced.”

Webber, who started and played 30 minutes, was sidelined the first 50 games of
the season recovering from off-season knee surgery and missed the last eight
games due to a suspension for lying to a grand jury and violating the NBA’s
drug policy.

Sacramento owns the league’s best record with a 44-15 mark, 1 1/2 games ahead
of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Webber pleaded 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.

Peja Stojakovic, who had thrived in Webber’s absence, finished with 23 points
in the win, as did Brad Miller, who had been starting in Webber’s power
forward spot all season.

SAC