Bibby and Thomas lead Sacramento past Boston
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Mike Bibby racked up 33 points and 10
assists while Kenny Thomas netted a season-high 29 points as Sacramento earned
a 116-112 victory over Boston at ARCO Arena.
The Kings recorded their second straight win despite missing two of their top
players in injured forwards Peja Stojakovic and Shareef Abdur-Rahim. However,
Thomas, who was averaging under six points coming in, and second-year guard
Kevin Martin both stepped up to help offset the losses.
Martin contributed a career-best 22 points and Brad Miller had 20 along with
Ricky Davis poured in 33 points and Paul Pierce scored 22 with nine assists
for the Celtics, who fell to 0-3 on their current five-game road swing.
Boston held a 90-87 lead after a Davis layup early in the fourth quarter, but
the Kings countered with a 10-2 burst which put them ahead to stay.
Bibby had Sacramento’s last six points of the run and sent his team up 97-92
when he knocked down a jumper with 6:47 to go.
The Celtics got to within three points on a pair of occasions afterward,
and trailed 109-105 with one minute left. Thomas then hit an outside shot with
41 seconds left, and after Pierce misfired a three-point try, Martin threw
down a dunk off an inbounds play with 26 seconds on the clock to give the
Kings an eight-point cushion.
Sacramento opened up a double-digit lead in the second quarter on the strength
of a 7-0 run near the midway point of the period. A Bibby three-pointer ended
the surge and put the Kings up comfortably at 41-29.
Boston cut the deficit to five on two Marcus Banks free throws with 2:10
remaining before intermission, but the Kings closed out the half with a 7-2
spurt, beginning with another Bibby trey and capped by Thomas’ bucket with 10
seconds left, to take a 59-49 advantage into the break.
Sacramento lead by as many as 15 points early in the second half, as Bibby
buried a three-pointer just over three minutes in to extend the margin
to 71-56. However, the Celtics rallied towards the end of the third quarter to
make it a game.
Down 81-70 midway through the period, Boston reeled off 12 straight points and
grabbed a one-point edge after Raef LaFrentz sank a jumper from beyond the arc
with 1:51 left. The Kings held a slim 87-86 lead heading into the fourth
quarter after Corliss Williamson’s layup in the closing seconds of the third.
Stojakovic sat out for the third time in four games because of a strained
right groin, while Abdur-Rahim is sidelined indefinitely with a broken
jaw…Boston has lost 10 straight in Sacramento and hasn’t won there since
February 16, 1996…The Celtics fell to 2-11 on the road this season…Martin
set his previous career-best of 20 points Tuesday against the Clippers…The
Kings have won four straight and 10 of the last 11 meetings between the clubs.