Bibby, Kings rally past Nets
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Mike Bibby scored Sacramento’s final 15
points, hitting the go-ahead jumper with 10.3 seconds left, as the Kings
completed a rally from a 20-point third quarter deficit for an 88-87 win over
the New Jersey Nets.
Ron Artest scored 21 points and Bibby added 16 for Sacramento, which won for
just the second time in 10 games.
Mikki Moore had 22 points for New Jersey, while Jason Kidd logged the 83rd
triple-double of his career with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. The
Nets had a four-game winning streak broken.
Moore’s two free throws with 6:38 left had the Nets ahead 85-76, but New
Jersey squandered that advantage. Bibby put in a reverse layup, a three-
pointer, and then completed a three-point play to get his team within 85-84
with 1:43 remaining.
Kidd’s layup carried the Nets to an 87-84 edge with 48.1 seconds left before
Bibby hit two from the foul line nearly eight seconds later.
Moore then couldn’t handle the ball under the basket after a low pass from
Vince Carter, and the Kings gained possession with 23.7 seconds left.
Bibby’s jumper from just inside the three-point line missed, and Brad Miller
missed on a follow try. The ball was then tapped back to Bibby, who swished
his shot from the key.
The Nets had one final chance, with Kidd going strong to the basket, but the
ball rattled in and out of the basket as time expired.
Kevin Martin had 10 points and Miller 10 boards for the Kings, who won despite
shooting 37.2 percent from the field.
Eddie House had 12 points for New Jersey, which led 47-45 at the half and
lengthened that to 73-53 with 2:49 remaining in the third following a jumper
from Clifford Robinson. It was 76-64 going into the fourth.
The Kings are 3-0 this season against the Nets…New Jersey has lost eight
straight at ARCO Arena…Nets forward Richard Jefferson had successful
arthroscopic surgery on his right ankle Monday to remove loose bodies. The
procedure was performed by Dr. Martin O’Malley and Dr. Riley Williams III at
the Hospital of Special Surgery in Manhattan. The 6-7 Jefferson will start
rehabilitation in 10 days but there is no timetable for his return.