Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 3)

Series starts 11/19

Game 1: Friday, November 19th
Game 2: Tuesday, November 30th
Game 3: Tuesday, March 8th

Kings 98

(9-5, 3-4 away)

Grizzlies 93

(5-10, 3-5 home)

    Coverage: CSNS

    7:00 PM ET, November 30, 2004

    FedExForum, Memphis, TN

    1 2 3 4 T
    SAC 20 29 29 2098
    MEM 18 28 28 1993

    Top Performers

    Sac: C. Webber 22 Pts, 11 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Mem: M. Miller 25 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Blk

    Bibby, Webber combine to close it out

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Not completely satisfied with the victory, Chris Webber said it could have been smoother.

    Peja Stojakovic had 29 points, while Webber added 22 points and 11 rebounds as Sacramento held off the Memphis Grizzlies 98-93 Tuesday night.

    The Kings were up 85-74 early in the fourth quarter before letting the Grizzlies close to 94-93 with less than two minutes to play. Jumpers by Mike Bibby and Webber in the closing seconds assured the victory.

    "When you start up against a team like this at home ... you should step on them and kick them when they're down," Webber said. "They've had a coaching change. Players hurt. You try to compound all those things."

    The loss was the Grizzlies' second straight at home and fourth straight overall, three of them coming since former coach Hubie Brown resigned unexpectedly.

    Bibby was 3-of-10, but his last shot was the one that counted.

    "He really had a good look and he shot it like he had been hitting it all game," coach Rick Adelman said. "It was a huge shot because we couldn't get a rebound there for a while and we couldn't get anything going."

    Mike Miller led Memphis with 25 points and Pau Gasol had 22 points and 13 rebounds. Earl Watson added 19 points.

    The Grizzlies tied the score at 74-all late in the third quarter on a 3-pointer by Miller, making him 8-for-8 from the field. He had his first miss early in the fourth quarter and finished 10-of-14.

    "We just aren't closing games right now and it is difficult," Miller said.

    The Kings, who held a 49-46 advantage at halftime, began the second period with a 11-2 run capped by a 3-pointer by Stojakovic. He had seven points in the burst and finished the first half with 21.

    The Grizzlies' James Posey, who had missed 11 games with a sprained left foot, rejoined the lineup midway through the first period and ended with two points in 15 minutes.

    Gasol said the Grizzlies can't let the losses get them down.

    "We are trying to get a win for ourselves right now so that we can pick our pride and our heads up," he said. "I am very optimistic for the future of this franchise."

    But Gasol said the team could use a little pep talk.

    "When Hubie was first here, we had games like this and he told us that it is going to be an adjusting period," Gasol said. "We just have to stay focused and play hard."

    Game notes

    Memphis G Jason Williams was out with a sprained right index finger. ... While activating Posey, the Grizzlies put F Brian Cardinal on the injured list. ... The Kings came in averaging the fewest turnovers in league, 12.2. They ended the night with 11 to 14 for Memphis. ... Webber and Stojakovic have scored in double figures in all 14 games. The Kings, shooting 82 percent from the free-throw line, have hit 80 percent or better in 10 games.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 98 93
    FGM-FGA 39-78 (.500) 39-86 (.453)
    3PM-3PA 6-11 (.545) 3-11 (.273)
    FTM-FTA 14-17 (.824) 12-19 (.632)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-37 18-43
    Assists 24 21
    Turnovers 13 14
    Steals 7 8
    Blocks 9 9
    Fast Break Points 20 17
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (1/0) 19 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Chris Webber Webber
    Points: 22
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Mike Miller Miller
    Points: 25
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2