Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/23

Game 1: Sunday, November 23rd
Game 2: Friday, February 20th

Kings 91

(39-14, 15-10 away)

Bulls 83

(16-39, 10-18 home)

    Coverage: WGN

    7:30 PM ET, February 20, 2004

    United Center, Chicago, IL

    1 2 3 4 T
    SAC 24 25 23 1991
    CHI 25 19 26 1383

    Top Performers

    Sac: P. Stojakovic 24 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast

    Chi: J. Crawford 23 Pts, 6 Reb, 5 Ast

    Jackson leaves with abdominal strain

    CHICAGO (AP) -- The weary Sacramento Kings were down to eight players and their top scorer, Peja Stojakovic, didn't get a single point in the final quarter.

    Still, they had enough left to beat the Chicago Bulls on Friday night.

    "We all understand that we have to be more aggressive and have to do more things now," Stojakovic said after the Kings held on to beat the Chicago Bulls 91-83.

    Their bench already thinned by an injury to Brad Miller and the suspension of Chris Webber, the Kings lost top reserve guard Bobby Jackson late in the first half with an abdominal strain.

    Jackson was hurt after being hit by Marcus Fizer while driving to the basket with just under four minutes left in the first half.

    After making two free throws, Jackson walked gingerly to the bench and then went the locker room and did not return for the second half. And with Tony Massenburg out with food poisoning, the Kings -- coming off a loss Thursday night in Minnesota -- played the second half with just eight available players.

    "Right now we are playing without Brad and Chris and we lost Bobby in the first half and it was difficult," Stojakovic said after finishing with 24 points, 13 in the third quarter but none in the fourth. "We kept losing guys."

    Vlade Divac, who finished with 11 rebounds and 11 assists, had a strong fourth quarter and along with Mike Bibby, Doug Christie and Darius Songaila hit key baskets to hold off the Bulls.

    Jackson's injury is the same as one he had earlier this month that forced him to miss three games.

    "It's hard because he is the guy who brings energy off the bench," Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "We have to figure out how serious it is since it's the second time he's done it. We need to be real cautious for when we bring him back."

    Bibby added 17 points for the Kings, who made 12 of 22 3-pointers -- five by Stojakovic.

    Jamal Crawford led Chicago with 23 points and Eddie Robinson added 16. Kirk Hinrich had 15 points and 10 assists, but the Bulls were foiled in their attempt to win three in a row for the first time this season.

    "We did not want to give Stojakovic anything," Crawford said of the fourth quarter when the Kings star missed the four shots he attempted. "At the end we wanted someone else to beat us and Bibby stepped up."

    Chicago got to within one in the final period on Crawford's 3-pointer before Anthony Peeler hit a basket and Divac made a jumper -- just his second basket of the game. Divac then came up with a loose ball and hit a free throw to make it a four-point lead.

    Christie and Bibby later hit back-to-back jumpers, giving Sacramento an 87-81 lead with 1:21 left, and Songaila sealed the win by making a follow shot with 26 seconds left. He finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

    Sacramento, the NBA's best 3-point shooting team, went 8-for-15 in the first half to take a 49-44 lead. Crawford kept the Bulls close by scoring 18 points on 7-for-10 shooting.

    Stojakovic hit two more 3-pointers and another basket from close in as the Kings pushed their advantage to 12 midway through the third. But then the Bulls went on 12-2 run to slice the lead to two with a quarter left.

    Game notes

    Miller, who sprained his right foot in the All-Star game, missed his third straight game. But he was able to test the injury by participating in some pregame shooting. ... With a roster spot open, the Bulls could activate Kendall Gill this weekend, coach Scott Skiles said. Gill has been on the injured list since Jan. 25 with a strained Achilles' tendon. ... The shot clock above the basket at the east end of the floor -- where the Bulls were shooting in the first half -- malfunctioned two minutes into the game. After a brief delay, it was replaced by a smaller floor model. The main clock was back working by the start of the second half. ... Chicago reserve Chris Jefferies didn't dress because of lower back pain.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 91 83
    FGM-FGA 35-82 (.427) 34-88 (.386)
    3PM-3PA 12-22 (.545) 5-18 (.278)
    FTM-FTA 9-11 (.818) 10-14 (.714)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-44 15-51
    Assists 28 25
    Turnovers 14 14
    Steals 7 10
    Blocks 5 2
    Fast Break Points 2 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 14 (0/0) 18 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Peja Stojakovic Stojakovic
    Points: 24
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Jamal Crawford Crawford
    Points: 23
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0