Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/1

Game 1: Tuesday, November 1st
Game 2: Sunday, December 11th
Game 3: Friday, January 13th
Game 4: Sunday, April 16th

Hornets 100

(8-12, 4-8 away)

Kings 110

(9-12, 7-7 home)

Coverage: CSNS

6:00 PM ET, December 11, 2005

Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA

1 2 3 4 T
NO 22 34 24 20100
SAC 28 25 27 30110

Top Performers

NO/Oklahoma City : C. Paul 18 Pts, 5 Reb, 12 Ast, 3 Stl

Sacramento: S. Abdur-Rahim 23 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 4 Blk

Stojakovic hits six 3-pointers as Kings beat Hornets

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Bonzi Wells scored 14 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, Peja Stojakovic hit six 3-pointers and the Sacramento Kings snapped a four-game home losing streak with a 110-100 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Sunday night.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 23 points and 11 rebounds on his 29th birthday for the Kings, who finished off back-to-back victories following a five-game losing streak with excellent late-game execution.

Sacramento held New Orleans without a field goal for 4 minutes in the fourth quarter, and the Kings hit plenty of late free throws as they handed the Hornets their ninth straight loss at Arco Arena. Stojakovic also had 23 points, and Brad Miller added 10 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds.

Rookie Chris Paul had 18 points, 12 assists and five rebounds for the Hornets, who lost their fifth straight despite staying with the Kings for 3 quarters. P.J. Brown scored 17 points and backup forward Rasual Butler added a season-high 15 the Hornets, who haven't won at Arco Arena since Jan. 12, 1997, back when the team was based in Charlotte.

With Sacramento coach Rick Adelman's job security in its greatest danger since he took over the franchise in 1998, the Kings snapped their overall losing streak Saturday night with an impressive 123-104 victory in Seattle. One night later, they ended their longest losing streak at home since dropping six straight late in the 1997-98 season.

Neither team led by more than seven points over the final three quarters until the Kings' decisive 9-2 push. Sacramento nursed a tiny lead through the final minutes until Wells hit a layup and a jumper to put the Kings up 98-92 with 2:46 left.

When Abdur-Rahim then made a layup on a gorgeous bounce pass from Brad Miller on the next possession, Adelman thrust his fist in the air in celebration. Stojakovic added another jumper moments later, and Adelman's fist went up again.

Every Sacramento starter except Miller played extensive minutes in Seattle, but all five were back on the floor in the fourth quarter. Mike Bibby, who scored 17 points on 5-of-16 shooting, made all four of his free throws down the stretch, and Wells was 5-of-6.

The teams hadn't met since opening night, when the Hornets pounded Sacramento 93-67 in Oklahoma City.

Paul was the latest in a season-long string of point guards who embarrassed Bibby, with the rookie repeatedly blowing past the slow Sacramento veteran for easy scores and passes.

But he Kings stayed close largely with offensive rebounds and Stojakovic's 3-pointers. The three-time All-Star has struggled along with his teammates this season, averaging 17.7 points - his lowest average since his second NBA campaign in 1999-00.

Game notes

Six Hornets had at least 10 points apiece by the final minute of the third quarter. ... The Kings' miserable performance on opening night partially occurred because the team had to fly to Oklahoma City on game day. ... Sacramento, which has played 13 of its last 16 games at home, is headed out on a four-game road trip that includes visits to both reigning conference champions, San Antonio and Detroit.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 100 110
FGM-FGA 36-77 (.468) 38-79 (.481)
3PM-3PA 6-9 (.667) 9-19 (.474)
FTM-FTA 22-26 (.846) 25-31 (.806)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-33 13-39
Assists 22 21
Turnovers 15 15
Steals 10 8
Blocks 3 9
Fast Break Points 6 8
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (1/0) 18 (1/0)
Largest Lead 5 10

Top Performers

No/oklahoma City
Chris Paul Paul
Points: 18
Reb: 5
Ast: 12
Stl: 3
Blk: 0
Shareef Abdur-Rahim Abdur-Rahim
Points: 23
Reb: 11
Ast: 1
Stl: 1
Blk: 4