Bibby’s 42 helps Kings stave off Magic
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Mike Bibby scored a career-high 42 points on
13-of-23 shooting from the floor to lead the Sacramento Kings over the Orlando
Magic, 104-100, at ARCO Arena.
Kevin Martin chipped in 22 points with a career-high 10 rebounds for the
Kings, who won for only the second time in the last five games. Brad Miller
had a solid all-around game with 21 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists.
Peja Stojakovic did not play for the Kings, as he missed his second straight
game with a sore back.
Jameer Nelson led Orlando with 29 points and dished out nine assists as the
Magic concluded their four-game road trip with their fourth straight loss.
Dwight Howard added 18 points and 19 rebounds in defeat.
Grant Hill returned to the lineup for Orlando and netted 18 points on 8-of-17
shooting. The forward missed the previous three games with a groin injury.
However, the Magic were again without guard Steve Francis, who remained
suspended by the club for conduct detrimental to the team.
The Kings took a 46-42 advantage into the intermission, led by a strong first-
half performance by Bibby. The guard had 18 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the
floor and was also 8-of-8 from the charity stripe after the first two quarters
Sacramento opened the third quarter with an 8-2 spurt to take a 54-44
advantage. Bibby drained two shots from beyond the arc during the stretch. The
Kings went on to outscore the Magic 28-20 for the period to take a 74-62 lead
into the fourth quarter.
Orlando went on a 13-3 run to make it a 90-83 game with around 4 1/2 minutes
to go, and got even closer down the stretch.
Travis Diener and Hedo Turkoglu hit back-to-back treys to pull the Magic
within two at 96-94 with 20 ticks left. The Magic could not pull ahead,
though. Martin, Miller and Bibby hit all eight free throw attempts in the
final 19 seconds as the Kings held on for the victory.
The Magic have dropped 11 straight in Sacramento, with their last win there
coming back on December 19, 1993…The Kings improved to 10-11 at home this
season…Bibby hit 5-of-8 three-point shots and was 11-of-12 from the charity
stripe…Sacramento finished with a field goal percentage of 47.7 and were 34-
of-40 from the free throw line…Orlando, which is a dismal 4-13 on the road
this season, returns home to host Washington on Wednesday.