Stojakovic sits out with lingering back injury

Updated: January 13, 2006, 11:03 PM ET
Associated Press

NORMAN, Okla. -- Peja Stojakovic missed Sacramento's game against the New Orleans Hornets on Friday night because of a lingering back problem.

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GM PPG RPG APG FG% FT%
28 16.6 5.0 2.2 41.379 92.632

Stojakovic, the Kings' second-leading scorer with 16.6 points per game, left Wednesday's game against Houston in the third quarter after re-aggravating a protruding disc in his back. He said the injury causes problems with a nerve that makes his right leg go weak.

At one point in pregame warmups Friday, Stojakovic made 11 straight and 19 of 20 3-pointers he attempted. He said after walking off the court that he had yet to determine whether he would play.

He came out of the locker room wearing a black suit coat, a lavender shirt and jeans after the Kings' starting lineup was introduced.

Stojakovic also missed the Kings' game Dec. 22 against Dallas with the same injury. He's missed a total of seven games this season, three with a sprained right pinkie finger and two with a strained right groin.

Francisco Garcia started in his place.


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