Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/14

Game 1: Friday, November 14th
Game 2: Sunday, February 22nd

Raptors 64

(4-5, 0-5 away)

Kings 94

(5-4, 4-0 home)

    7:00 PM ET, November 14, 2003

    Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    TOR 20 16 10 1864
    SAC 30 12 25 2794

    Top Performers

    Tor: L. Murray 13 Pts, 1 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Sac: D. Songaila 14 Pts, 7 Reb, 5 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    All 12 Kings play in win

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The Sacramento Kings refused to take the credit for their best defensive game in 50 years. They aren't really that good, they insisted.

    The Toronto Raptors were just plain bad.

    Peja Stojakovic scored 17 points and Darius Songaila had 14 points and seven rebounds in the Kings' 11th straight home victory, 94-64 over the Raptors on Friday night.

    Despite a sprained right thumb, Brad Miller had 10 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots.

    All 12 Kings looked like All-Defensive Team nominees against the punchless Raptors, who passed poorly, shot even worse and didn't even come close to reaching their league-low average of 76 points per game.

    The Kings hadn't shut down any opponent this thoroughly since Nov. 10, 1953, when the then-Rochester Royals held the Philadelphia Warriors to 66 points.

    "They don't make a lot of shots," said Bobby Jackson, who had 13 points, six rebounds and six assists. "They rely on Vince (Carter) a lot, and if he's not carrying them, they're not going to score a lot."

    Carter scored 13 points on 5-of-21 shooting for Toronto, which lost its sixth straight in Sacramento and remained winless on the road this season. The Raptors had just 10 assists while losing their ninth straight road game dating to last spring.

    It wasn't even the Raptors' worst offensive performance of the season: Toronto scored just 56 points against Minnesota on Nov. 1 and 60 against Washington six days later.

    "It's over and done with," Carter said. "A game like that doesn't make sense even to look at. You try to bounce back and get that bad taste out of your mouth. We didn't play any kind of organized basketball, in my opinion."

    Lamond Murray scored 13 points for the Raptors, who shot 33.8 percent and moved the ball sluggishly. Antonio Davis, rookie Chris Bosh, Morris Peterson and Carter combined to shoot 11-for-47.

    "It's not going to be like this for much longer," Bosh said. "It can't be. We missed shots we usually make. I think as time goes on, it's going to change."

    Both teams were playing their third game in four nights, and both looked exhausted in the first half. Trouble is, the Raptors didn't perk up after halftime, either.

    Toronto scored just one basket in nearly six minutes during the second quarter, while the Kings failed to score in the final 5:43 of the first half yet still held a six-point lead.

    Sacramento took control with a 25-8 run in the third quarter, fast-breaking past the Raptors for easy baskets. Stojakovic scored eight points in the rally as the Kings won their 21st straight home game against Eastern Conference opponents.

    "They rely on Carter a lot, and Doug (Christie) did a really good job of making him work and contesting his shots," Sacramento coach Rick Adelman said. "We did a good job of locking in, but they also just missed a lot of shots."

    Sacramento used just seven players while blowing a 24-point lead in an overtime loss at Portland on Thursday night, but Adelman used everybody against Toronto. The bench responded with 41 points.

    Songaila, acquired from Boston in the offseason, had his most impressive game yet during a promising start with the Kings. He played 26 minutes, contributing five assists and three steals.

    "As much time as I've spent on the side watching these guys, I've seen there's so much ball movement," Songaila said. "I've never been on a team where everybody, even the big guys like Brad and Vlade (Divac), move the ball like we do."

    Game notes

    New addition Anthony Peeler had played in just two of the Kings' first eight games, but he got 22 minutes against the Raptors, scoring five points. ... Kings point guard Mike Bibby and Carter were teammates on the U.S. national team this summer in Puerto Rico. ... Sacramento improved to 5-4. The Kings have played 336 games without having a losing record -- since they were 22-23 on April 26, 1999.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 64 94
    FGM-FGA 27-80 (.338) 38-76 (.500)
    3PM-3PA 3-12 (.250) 5-13 (.385)
    FTM-FTA 7-9 (.778) 13-14 (.929)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-34 10-48
    Assists 10 29
    Turnovers 14 16
    Steals 8 9
    Blocks 6 10
    Fast Break Points 2 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (1/0) 16 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Lamond Murray Murray
    Points: 13
    Reb: 1
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Darius Songaila Songaila
    Points: 14
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 1