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.