Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/9

Game 1: Sunday, November 9th
Game 2: Tuesday, February 17th

Celtics 111

(23-32, 12-15 away)

Kings 127

(38-13, 24-4 home)

    7:00 PM ET, February 17, 2004

    Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    BOS 20 27 35 29111
    SAC 32 29 38 28127

    Top Performers

    Bos: R. Davis 32 Pts, 4 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Blk

    Sac: P. Stojakovic 28 Pts, 7 Reb, 7 Ast

    Peja scores 28; Divac has triple-double

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Chris Webber was depressed after hearing about his eight-game suspension. Vlade Divac told him the Sacramento Kings would be just fine -- and then he racked up a triple-double to prove it.

    Peja Stojakovic scored 28 points and Divac had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists as the Sacramento Kings kept winning without their top two big men, beating the Boston Celtics 127-111 Tuesday night.

    The Kings had one of the best games in their prolific season even without center Brad Miller, who sprained his foot in the All-Star game, and Webber, who began an eight-game suspension for violating the league's anti-drug policy and lying to a federal grand jury.

    Webber was activated from the injured list Monday, and he's eager to return. The length of the suspension was surprising to the Kings -- but Sacramento never seems to miss a beat, no matter the obstacles or opponents.

    "He's definitely down. He feels responsible," Divac said of Webber. "I told him not to worry, that's what happens. We're going to get through it. It's not a distraction. We waited 50-something games. We can wait eight more."

    Mike Bibby had 19 points and seven rebounds for the Kings, who matched a franchise record with 16 3-pointers while improving the NBA's best record to 38-13 with their eighth victory in nine games.

    Divac got his eighth career triple-double, and five Kings made at least three 3-pointers in their second highest-scoring game of the season. The Celtics helped out by leaving Sacramento's 3-point shooters alone on the perimeter all night long.

    "They way they defend, they rush the paint on penetration," Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "Every time we ran a play, we would look to the outside. We got so many wide-open looks because of that."

    The Kings also set a record with their 28th straight home victory against Eastern Conference teams. No East team has won in Sacramento since Indiana on March 3, 2002 -- the longest stretch of home wins over one conference since the NBA formed two conferences in 1970.

    Ricky Davis scored 32 points and Paul Pierce had 27 in the opener of a four-game road trip for the Celtics, who lost their third straight because they couldn't keep up with the Kings' sharp passing. Boston hasn't won in eight games in Sacramento since Feb. 16, 1996.

    Walter McCarty added 19 points for Boston, which has lost nine of 10. While dressing after the game, Pierce took a long look at the stat sheet before crumpling it into a ball and throwing it with disgust.

    "The thing about that team, they make tough shots," Pierce said. "That's what makes them an elite team. They make shots no matter who's on the court with them."

    Without Miller and Webber, the Kings simply adjusted their rotation to create just their third starting lineup of the season. Rookie Darius Songaila -- traded by the Celtics to Sacramento last summer -- scored a career-high 17 points in his first NBA start, while Tony Massenburg and Jabari Smith got more minutes than usual.

    Sacramento used just nine players, but eight Kings scored at least nine points -- and Divac was outstanding, recording his fourth triple-double with the Kings while running their passing offense to perfection.

    "Normally when a team does that to you, you can blame your defense," Celtics coach John Carroll said. "But they kept making shots and making shots and making shots. There's a reason they're first in the league in 3-pointers. We're not the first team they've done that to."

    Top reserve Bobby Jackson returned to the Kings' lineup after missing the last three games with an abdominal injury. Jackson made a 3-pointer the first time he touched the ball -- and then he made two more, all in the final 1:37 of the first quarter.

    The Kings reached the franchise record for 3-pointers on Anthony Peeler's shot with 3:20 to play.

    Game notes

    Bibby and Pierce were assessed technical fouls after getting entangled on the perimeter while Divac made a jumper on the Kings' opening possession of the second half. Bibby and Pierce shoved each other, but officials and teammates intervened before a fight broke out. ... A leak in the roof briefly delayed the game in the third quarter when water began to collect in a spot near midcourt. A ball boy sat near the spot with a towel for the rest of the game.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 111 127
    FGM-FGA 38-86 (.442) 47-84 (.560)
    3PM-3PA 5-15 (.333) 16-30 (.533)
    FTM-FTA 30-37 (.811) 17-28 (.607)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-34 10-44
    Assists 15 37
    Turnovers 7 17
    Steals 13 2
    Blocks 1 4
    Fast Break Points 8 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (1/0) 28 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Ricky Davis Davis
    Points: 32
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1
    Peja Stojakovic Stojakovic
    Points: 28
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0