Peja Stojakovic added 21 points for Sacramento, which has won
four straight and 10 of 11.
The Kings, who lost at Detroit in the second game of their trip,
are two games behind Dallas for the No. 1 spot in the Western
Conference. They will play three of their remaining four games at
home, where their 32-6 record is the league's best.
"It was the most consistent effort of the trip,'' said Kings
coach Rick Adelman, who recorded his 600th career victory. "We
started out tired, but picked it up in the second half. To win five
of six and have a chance to win all six is terrific.''
Allen Iverson, playing despite left knee bursitis, had 24
points, seven rebounds and six assists for Philadelphia. Iverson,
coming off an eight-point output in a loss to Houston on Friday,
sat out the final 6:01 after the Sixers fell behind by 18.
"It's not 100 percent, but I just felt I could get through
this,'' Iverson said, adding that he might have to sit out some
games down the stretch. "Hopefully it'll get better before the
The Sixers lost their second straight and fell 2½ games behind
first-place New Jersey in the Atlantic Division. Philadelphia was
without forward Keith Van Horn (sprained left foot). Aaron McKie
(back) and Derrick Coleman (thigh, finger) played through injuries.
"I think they feel in their hearts they are well enough to
play,'' Sixers coach Larry Brown said. "I admire them for being
Brown criticized his players in the locker room after the game,
and expressed frustration that all the injuries prevent the team
from having a full practice.
"Coach ripped into us and rightfully so because we didn't show
up,'' Iverson said.
The Kings used an 11-2 run to pull away in the third quarter.
Consecutive fast-break layups by Stojakovic began a 7-0 spurt,
and Webber finished the run with a 19-footer that made it 72-58
after three quarters.
A 13-3 run in the fourth quarter iced it for Sacramento. An
18-footer by Webber, a fast-break layup by Doug Christie and a
layup by Jim Jackson put the Kings ahead 85-66 with 5:22 left. The
Sixers didn't get closer than 16 the rest of the way.
"I'm just glad we stayed consistent, especially since we were
so tired,'' Webber said.
Iverson finished 10-for-22. He went to the foul line just five
times, making four free throws, after not getting fouled Friday.
"I think I'm a step slower,'' Iverson said. "I can't bend it
the way I want and I'm dragging it.''
Webber, who hit a game-winning 3-pointer to beat Boston on
Friday night, made jumpers for six of his eight field goals.
Philadelphia erased an eight-point deficit with a 9-0 run early
in the second quarter, ignited by a turnaround jumper from Aaron
The Kings led 44-39 at halftime after a 3-pointer by Christie
and a free throw by Stojakovic.
"It was a great effort,'' Stojakovic said. "The whole trip we
Iverson had three steals and has 212 this year, tying Steve
Mix's single-season team record set in 1973-74. ... The Kings swept
the season series. Sacramento has won five straight over the
Sixers, including three in a row in Philadelphia. ... The Sixers
are 23-15 at home after winning their first 10 at the First Union
Center. They are 22-16 on the road. ... The Kings are 71-51 on the
road the last three seasons, one of only four teams to have a
winning record away from home over that span. ... Van Horn, the
Sixers' second-leading scorer (15.9) and third-leading rebounder
(7.1), was injured in the second quarter Friday and is listed as