Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 1/18

Game 1: Tuesday, January 18th
Trail Blazers107Final
OT
Kings113
Game 2: Saturday, February 5th
Kings108Final
Trail Blazers114
Game 3: Tuesday, March 22nd
Trail Blazers93Final
Kings112
Game 4: Friday, April 8th
Kings119Final
Trail Blazers115

Trail Blazers 107

(15-22, 7-16 away)

Kings 113

(26-11, 16-4 home)

Coverage: CSNS

7:00 PM ET, January 18, 2005

Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA

1 2 3 4 OT T
POR 23 27 28 22 7107
SAC 20 27 31 22 13113

Top Performers

Portland: N. Van Exel 30 Pts, 4 Reb, 8 Ast, 2 Stl

Sacramento: C. Webber 32 Pts, 13 Reb, 6 Ast, 4 Stl, 1 Blk

Webber's fifth straight double-double helps overcome Blazers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The Sacramento Kings consider themselves fortunate when they can win despite a sub-par performance from Peja Stojakovic -- it sure doesn't happen often.

Chris Webber scored eight of his 32 points in overtime and also had 13 rebounds, six assists and four steals in the Kings' fifth straight victory, 113-107 over the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night.

The Kings did it with little help from Stojakovic, their second-leading scorer. He had his streak of consecutive games in double figures end at 133 after he was held to six points on 3-for-10 shooting. The run was the second-longest active streak in the NBA behind Minnesota's Kevin Garnett (200).

"When you can win and Peja's off, that's a plus," Sacramento's Cuttino Mobley said. "I was too into the game to notice."

Nick Van Exel forced overtime by hitting a baseline 3-pointer with 8.6 seconds left in regulation, then had another chance in the extra period but missed a 3 under pressure with 15 seconds left. Webber, who had his fifth consecutive double-double, made four free throws in the waning seconds to seal it.

The Blazers missed several shots in the final 30 seconds of regulation but grabbed four offensive rebounds to stay in the game. Ruben Patterson got the rebound on the second missed free throw by Theo Ratliff and passed to Van Exel, who hit a tying 3.

After starting the game 0-for-5, Mobley had 20 points, six assists and four rebounds, making four 3-pointers. Brad Miller added 16 points, eight rebounds, four steals and three assists, and Mike Bibby had 14 points and nine assists in Sacramento's ninth victory in 11 games.

Van Exel had 30 points, eight assists, four rebounds and two steals and Joel Przybilla had career highs of 17 points and 22 rebounds for the Blazers, who lost their fourth straight and 10th of 12 in the first of four meetings between these teams this season.

Patterson added 23 points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals and a blocked shot -- not to mention solid defense all night on Stojakovic, who was also held without a 3-pointer for the first time in 36 games.

"Ruben probably did the best job on him I've seen," Portland coach Maurice Cheeks said.

While Kings coach Rick Adelman wants Stojakovic to take more than 10 shots, he isn't too concerned.

"Peja didn't seem to be aggressive," Adelman said. "We just like to have a nice balance. With our team, if we play the right way, everyone's going to get their shots."

Portland will be happy to be home after concluding an exhausting 10-day, six-game cross-country road trip that covered 10,200 miles.

The Blazers had won the last two meetings and three of the past four against the Kings, but Portland has allowed 11 of its last 13 opponents to score more than 100 points -- and Sacramento is the second-highest scoring team in the league.

"We played well from start to finish," Cheeks said. "Guys keep putting in that effort every night, and at some point it's going to turn. I keep having to tell them, 'It's going to turn. It's going to turn."

Mobley, acquired last week in a trade with Orlando that sent Doug Christie to the Magic, is averaging 17.3 points, 4.3 assists and 3.6 rebounds through his first three games.

After missing his first five shots, he finally hit a jumper in the key 3:02 before halftime and threw his hands in the air in relief.

"I'm not going to struggle," he said. "I'm too aggressive to struggle."

Ratliff, benched the past four games for his poor play, returned to Portland's starting lineup and James Thomas, on the final day of his 10-day contract, went back to the bench. Ratliff finished with eight points and 12 rebounds, but left during overtime with a left leg cramp.

Portland's record at this juncture (15-22) is the club's worst since the 1975-76 season, when the Blazers were 13-24 through 37 games.

The Blazers led by as many as 12 in the second quarter, but the Kings fought back to pull within 50-47 at halftime.

Game notes


Webber committed four turnovers. ... Blazers F Darius Miles, on the injured list with a left knee contusion, ran Monday and that caused his knee to swell again. He will have fluid drained from the knee Wednesday once the team gets back home. ... Portland F Zach Randolph, who is averaging 20.2 points and 10.2 rebounds, missed his third straight game with a right knee contusion. But he could be close to coming back. "He went out and tried to see if he can run," Cheeks said. ... Kings reserve G Maurice Evans already had a large bandage on his bald head covering 12 stitches he needed after landing on his head last Thursday against Utah. Now, he's got another boo-boo -- he cut himself on the rim just above his upper lip and had to be patched up.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
POR
SAC
Points 107 113
FGM-FGA 45-98 (.459) 45-90 (.500)
3PM-3PA 7-20 (.350) 7-21 (.333)
FTM-FTA 10-15 (.667) 16-19 (.842)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 24-56 13-39
Assists 22 28
Turnovers 21 14
Steals 10 12
Blocks 4 3
Fast Break Points 11 7
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
Largest Lead 12 9

Top Performers

Portland
Sacramento
Nick Van Exel Van Exel
Points: 30
Reb: 4
Ast: 8
Stl: 2
Blk: 0
Chris Webber Webber
Points: 32
Reb: 13
Ast: 6
Stl: 4
Blk: 1