Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 1/18

Game 1: Friday, January 18th
Warriors97Final
Kings121
Game 2: Friday, March 1st
Kings116Final
Warriors108
Game 3: Wednesday, April 10th
Kings118Final
Warriors116
Game 4: Tuesday, April 16th
Warriors106Final
Kings120

Kings 116

(42-15, 13-13 away)

Warriors 108

(16-40, 11-19 home)

    Coverage: FSBAY

    7:30 PM ET, March 1, 2002

    ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    SAC 28 31 30 27116
    GS 18 35 22 33108

    Top Performers

    Sac: C. Webber 32 Pts, 9 Reb, 8 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    GS: D. Fortson 13 Pts, 17 Reb, 4 Ast

    Webber celebrates 29th with near triple-double

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- There was a time when San Francisco Bay-area basketball fans couldn't stand Chris Webber. These days, they're singing "Happy Birthday" to him.

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    Webber celebrated his 29th birthday with 32 points, nine rebounds and eight assists as the Sacramento Kings evened their record on the road with a 116-108 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Friday night.

    The fans sang to Webber as the All-NBA forward shot free throws in the fourth quarter. Signs throughout the building also conveyed birthday wishes to the Warriors' No. 1 overall draft pick in 1993, whose stormy departure one year later presaged Golden State's seven straight losing seasons since.

    "It made me feel really good," Webber said of his reception. "I should go back to videotape of the first time I came back here when I dislocated my shoulder and there were people behind our bench wearing diapers with bottles hanging out of their mouths. This is much better now."

    Peja Stojakovic scored 26 points, and Doug Christie added 19 as Sacramento, the NBA's best home team at 29-2, improved to 13-13 on the road -- though the huge contingent of Kings fans in Oakland practically gave Sacramento an Arco Arena-sized homecourt advantage.

    Webber capped an outstanding evening with an alley-oop dunk off a pass from Vlade Divac with four minutes to play.

    Divac had 15 points and 10 rebounds as the Pacific Division leaders beat the last-place team in an entertaining end-to-end game of fast-break basketball in front of just the second sellout crowd at The Arena in Oakland this season.

    "It's not Arco, so it's a road win, but our people are great fans," Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "A lot of them get tickets here that can't get them in Sacramento. It's much easier when you get a run going and the crowd is cheering for you when you're on the road."

    Antawn Jamison scored 20 points, and Larry Hughes had 19 for the Warriors, who lost their eighth straight to Sacramento. Golden State also lost rookie Jason Richardson, who didn't return from the locker room after spraining his left ankle in the third quarter.

    Richardson will skip the Warriors' trip to Los Angeles on Saturday night for a game against the Clippers, but Golden State hopes he'll be back for Tuesday's game at San Antonio.

    "Jason has been playing well since the All-Star game, and you want to get him on the court as much as we can," Golden State coach Brian Winters said. "Injuries are a part of the game, though. The guys behind him have to step up."

    Though the crowd appeared to inspire the Warriors out of their usual doldrums, the Kings were far too much to handle. Golden State lost for the 23rd time in 27 games, though a late rally made the final score close.

    Stojakovic put on yet another impressive shooting display, firing away for 19 points in the first half. He and Christie, who scored 12 of the Kings' first 14 points, were perfect on their seven 3-point attempts.

    Sacramento led by 19 in the first half following a barrage of outside shots from Stojakovic and Christie, but the Warriors pulled within 10 early in the fourth quarter before Webber scored 10 quick points to put the game out of reach.

    Rookie point guard Gilbert Arenas, whose improving play has belied the Warriors' collapse in the last three months, started in place of Hughes, who responded with a strong game of his own.

    Arenas, a second-round draft pick, promised on draft day that he would start "by midseason" of his first year.

    "Whatever they say, I just do it," Arenas said. "If they tell me to go back on the injured list, I'll do that. Until they take me out, I'm just going to keep playing."

    Game notes


    Attendance was 19,869, nearly 300 over capacity. ... Following Sunday's home game against Indiana, Sacramento plays eight of its next 10 on the road. ... A large contingent from the Chucky Brown Fan Club was in attendance. Brown, who played the final three minutes, signed a 10-day contract with the Kings earlier in the week. ... Webber and Warriors rookie Troy Murphy got technical fouls for an argument midway through the second quarter. ... Dean Garrett, acquired from Minnesota for Marc Jackson last week, made his Golden State debut.

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