Saturday , Apr , 30 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Kings trump Sonics in Game 3

Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Mike Bibby had 31 points and Kenny Thomas
added 22 points and seven rebounds to lead the Sacramento Kings to a 116-104
win over the Seattle SuperSonics in Game 3 of their Western Conference
quarterfinal series at ARCO Arena.

Cuttino Mobley tallied 21 points for the Kings, who drew within 2-1 in the
best-of-seven set. Brad Miller had 14 points and Peja Stojakovic recorded 12
for Sacramento, which will also host Game 4 on Sunday.

Ray Allen had a game-high 33 points to lead Seattle, which trailed for most of
the contest and could never threaten in the final quarter. Jerome James added
22 points and nine boards for the Sonics, who had won both games on their home
floor to take the early series lead.

Luke Ridnour had 15 points as the Sonics fell to 1-8 in their last nine road
playoff games.

“They came out as the aggressive team tonight on both ends of the court,” said
Seattle head coach Nate McMillan. “They set the tone. They were more physical
on the defensive end. We just weren’t as physical.”

The Kings got out to an early lead. Already up 19-15, the club went on a 12-1
run to take a 31-16 advantage. Mobley ended the burst with a jumper with 35
seconds remaining in the first quarter and the Kings cruised into the second
with a 31-19 cushion.

Five straight points by the Kings to start the second made it a 36-19 contest.
Later, a 12-2 burst extended a 11-point lead into a 48-27 cushion with 5:18
left. Seattle responded to draw within 52-45 late in the quarter, but the
Kings went into the break with a 54-45 advantage after Thomas hit a three-
pointer to end the first-half scoring.

In the third, an 7-2 burst to open the quarter gave the Kings a 14-point lead.
Mobley scored the final five points of the run, capping it with a three-point
play to take a 61-47 advantage with 1:15 elapsed.

The Sonics answered later in the frame. Down 73-60 midway through, an Allen
three-pointer and a Ridnour jumper cut the deficit to single digits, 73-65.
Then with 1:30 remaining until the fourth, a pair of Danny Fortson free
throws made it an 86-79 game.

However, the Kings scored six of the final eight points of the stanza to go
into the fourth with a 92-81 advantage.

Five minutes into the fourth, a James basket drew the Sonics within 10,
100-90, but that would be as close as the team would get. The Kings scored
eight of the next 10 points and cruised to the finish.

“They are a good team, but we can hurt them if we play the right way,” said
Sacramento head coach Rick Adelman.

Sacramento has won eight of its last nine at home during the postseason.

Sacramento had led for just 50 seconds combined in the first two games…The
Kings shot 49 percent from the floor…Seattle hit 42 percent of its
shots…Bobby Jackson had nine of the 16 bench points for
Sacramento…Seattle’s Rashard Lewis was held to nine points…Seattle’s bench
had 21 points, led by Vladimir Radmanovic’s eight…Sacramento ended a three-
game slide in Game 3’s of a playoff series.