The Kings set a season highs in points and field goal percentage
(57.1) and beat the Cavaliers for the ninth straight time.
Their previous high in points was set in a 123-96 home win
against Cleveland on Jan. 20.
Sacramento set season highs with 41 points in the second quarter
and 73 points in the first half.
"We wanted to come out and run and we jumped on them in the
second quarter," Bibby said.
Sacramento scored 104 points through three quarters and took
advantage of a Cavaliers team that was tired and out of synch while
playing its second set of back-to-back games in five days.
"When you play four games in five nights and two of those games
are overtime games, you're not going to have a lot of gas in the
tank," said Brendan Malone, who is 3-4 since taking over for the
fired Paul Silas.
The loss dropped Cleveland (37-34) into a tie with Indiana for
the sixth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Sacramento
(45-29) moved a half-game in front of Houston for the fifth spot in
the Western Conference.
"We can see a lot of teams chasing us, but we are still in the
playoffs at this point," James said. "I'm going to do what I have
to do to put this team on my back and get to the playoffs."
He's not kidding.
James finished with 35 points, eight rebounds and nine assists.
He has played 191 minutes in four games this week, averaging
nearly 48 minutes and 32 points, but the Cavs have gone only 2-2.
James, who has a sore left ankle, said his body is holding up.
"I've got the whole offseason to rest. Now is not the time to
take off. I feel like I can play a lot of minutes, so I'm fine with
it," James said before the game. "If I feel like I'm not helping
the team, then I'll come out."
The sellout crowd booed as the Kings made eight straight shots
to open a 31-point lead with 6:18 left in the third quarter.
Cleveland cut the deficit to 22 by the end of the quarter and
pulled within 115-106 in the fourth behind James and Drew Gooden,
who Gooden had 21, including 16 in the second half.
"You couldn't relax," said Kings coach Rick Adelman. "They
were playing at home and started making shots. When a team has a
guy like LeBron with the ball, they can score every time down the
But Bibby hit a 3-pointer with 3:33 left and had a three-point
play less then a minute later to extend the lead.
"We dug such a big hole, it was hard to get out of that hole,"
The Kings went on a 35-13 run over the last 9:30 in the second
quarter to take a 73-52 halftime lead. They outrebounded the
Cavaliers 18-2 in the period.
Sasha Pavlovic tied a season high with 17 points and Anderson
Varejao scored 12 to lead Cleveland's reserves.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas picked up his fourth foul early in the third
quarter and wasn't a factor, limited to eight points -- all from the
foul line -- in 19 minutes.
James repeatedly drove to the basket early after shooting
10-for-28 in an overtime loss to Chicago on Thursday night.
Malone told James after that game to try to avoid taking jump
shots early in the shot clock. James shot 13-for-21 against the
Only Dallas has scored more points through three quarters
this season, putting up 105 against Indiana on Jan. 8. ...
Sacramento's previous scoring high in a half was 64 points against
Dallas on Feb. 11. ... Cleveland's last win against Sacramento came
on Nov. 1, 2000. ... The Kings went 22-8 against the Eastern
Conference this season. ... Cleveland is 4-12 in the second game of