Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/15

Game 1: Tuesday, November 15th
Game 2: Friday, February 3rd
Game 3: Sunday, February 5th
Game 4: Saturday, March 25th

Jazz 83

(4-5, 3-3 away)

Kings 119

(3-5, 2-2 home)

    Coverage: KJZZ

    7:00 PM ET, November 15, 2005

    Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    UTAH 18 21 27 1783
    SAC 33 18 43 25119

    Top Performers

    UTAH: M. Palacio 19 Pts, 2 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Sac: B. Wells 15 Pts, 11 Reb, 7 Ast, 3 Stl

    Bibby nets 25 as Kings cruise past sputtering Jazz

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- In 141 regular-season meetings, the Sacramento Kings had never beaten the Utah Jazz by such a margin. Then again, it might have been 25 years since the injury-plagued Jazz had a lineup so ready to be beaten.

    Mike Bibby scored 25 points, Peja Stojakovic added 21 and the Kings won for just the second time in five games, 119-83 over short-handed Utah on Tuesday night.

    Bonzi Wells had 15 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists for the Kings, who overcame a rocky second quarter for a blowout win over the Jazz, who predictably struggled while missing five key members of their rotation.

    After a 2-5 start to the season, the Kings and their fretful fans desperately needed a confidence-boosting win -- even at the expense of an opposing lineup better suited to a summer-league game.

    "It's a good win because the frustration was setting in around town," said Wells, who showed off his rebounding prowess in a strong two-way game. "I could see it just driving around. People are looking at you like, 'What's going on with you guys?' ... It's early. We have to string together four or five victories in a row, and then we can talk about where we're at as a team."

    Sacramento scored 43 points in the third quarter, making 17 of 18 free throws, and cruised to its second easy win of the season. Bibby, Stojakovic and Brad Miller combined for 17 assists and only three turnovers before sitting out the fourth along with fellow starters Wells and Shareef Abdur-Rahim, who had 10 points.

    Both clubs lost their previous game to the Knicks, with the Kings getting booed off their home court one night before Utah scored only 62 points against New York on Monday. The Kings have two days off before another home game against Milwaukee, and coach Rick Adelman believes he can keep his players' attention.

    "We caught a team that was really short-handed, but we did what we had to do," Adelman said. "I just told them in (the locker room), 'This means nothing if you don't play well over the weekend.' ... That's the way the world is. There's always overreaction. You have to keep it on an even keel."

    Milt Palacio scored 19 points for the Jazz, who played without sometime starters Andrei Kirilenko (sprained right ankle), Gordan Giricek (tonsillitis), Keith McLeod (back spasms) and Matt Harpring (right knee rehab). Rookie Deron Williams added 12 points for Utah, which lost its third straight.

    "They played great tonight," Williams said. "They made us look like little kids out there."

    Kirilenko, McLeod and Giricek all missed their second straight game, while Harpring sat out for the second time in three games. Utah, which committed 19 turnovers, also is missing forward Carlos Boozer, who hasn't played this season because of strained hamstrings.

    "They shot the ball well, but we didn't defend," coach Jerry Sloan said. "It was like a layup drill. ... We were playing a veteran team with young players who are used to being in more supportive roles. We're just trying to do everything we can to stay competitive."

    After a miserable offensive game against the Knicks, the Kings came out with all the energy and ball movement they lacked two nights earlier. Sacramento made nine of its first 12 shots and later went on a 16-1 run in the first quarter, taking an early 21-point lead.

    But the Kings' reserves then relapsed, going 9:20 between field goals while Utah made a 22-5 run. Sacramento's bench couldn't score against Utah's reserves, but the starters pushed the lead back to 76-56 on Bibby's 3-pointer midway through the third.

    Mehmet Okur, Utah's leading scorer and sole healthy regular starter, got benched early by Sloan, apparently for a couple of defensive lapses. He finished with five points in 22 minutes.

    Palacio, who also had six assists, just missed his career high of 20 points.

    Game notes

    Wells hit the first 3-pointer of his first season with Sacramento. ... The Kings wore their garish new gold-and-purple third jerseys at home for the first time in the regular season. ... Utah's Kris Humphries sent Wells crashing into the basket standard while goaltending Wells' layup early in the third quarter. Wells had a few choice words for Humphries -- and then hit a 3-pointer over Humphries on the next possession.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 83 119
    FGM-FGA 31-79 (.392) 41-75 (.547)
    3PM-3PA 3-11 (.273) 6-14 (.429)
    FTM-FTA 18-26 (.692) 31-37 (.838)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 15-37 11-41
    Assists 19 28
    Turnovers 19 12
    Steals 4 11
    Blocks 2 8
    Fast Break Points 3 21
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (0/0) 23 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 36

    Top Performers

    Milt Palacio Palacio
    Points: 19
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Bonzi Wells Wells
    Points: 15
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0