Nets get King’d by Sacramento
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Mike Bibby netted 29 points and dished
out 10 assists to lead Sacramento to an easy 109-84 win over New Jersey at
Continental Airlines Arena.
Brad Miller added 21 points and seven rebounds for the Kings, who have won
four of their past five games. Bonzi Wells chipped in with 16 points and 10
boards off the bench while Ron Artest and Kenny Thomas both tallied 11 points.
Vince Carter dropped 21 points for the Nets, who lost for the fourth time in
five games. Richard Jefferson contributed 18 points and eight rebounds while
Clifford Robinson had 13 points and Jason Kidd donated 10 points with 11
assists in the loss.
After a solid second quarter, the Kings continued to play well and extended
their lead in the third frame. Sacramento scored the first eight points of the
quarter to take an 18-point edge.
Miller opened the half with a jumper and Kevin Martin soon followed with a
reverse layup. After a pair of free throws, Artest capped the mini-run with a
beautiful driving finger roll to make the score 66-48 with less than three
minutes gone in the quarter.
The Kings finished the stanza with an 85-68 cushion.
Sacramento then started the final frame by scoring the first nine points of
the quarter. Miller’s jumper finished the burst and put the Kings on top 94-68
with less than eight minutes left.
New Jersey never seriously threatened the rest of the way as Sacramento
coasted to the victory.
The two teams stood deadlocked at 26 after the first 12 minutes of action. The
Kings used an excellent second quarter, in which they outscored New Jersey
32-22, to take a 10-point advantage into intermission, 58-48.
Bibby paced Sacramento at the half with 23 points on 9-of-11 from the field
while Jefferson had 14 for the Nets.
The Kings are 10-20 as the guest this season…The Nets are now 15-3 in their
last 18 home games and 19-9 as the host this season.