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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.