SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Chris Webber now has another good
memory from Sacramento.
Webber had 20 points and 16 rebounds against his former team,
and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Kings 111-98 on Tuesday night.
It was Webber's second game in Sacramento since being traded by
the Kings last February. He is still fondly remembered, evidenced
by the standing ovation he received from the Arco Arena crowd when
Webber jogged to the Kings bench and gave coach Rick Adelman a
handshake and a hug just before the game began.
"I'm definitely glad tonight is over," Webber said. "I love
visiting here, but as far as playing, there's so much put on it.
You just want to bow down so you can keep the memories that you
have. The memories I have of this place are wonderful."
Webber can thank teammate Andre Iguodala, who stepped up
offensively on a night when Allen Iverson experienced a rare off
game with 19 points.
Iguodala scored 22 points and the 76ers snapped a nine-game
losing streak to the Kings, who they had not beaten since a 107-104
overtime victory Dec. 20, 2000. Philadelphia lost twice to the
Kings last season after the Webber trade.
"The first thing I said after the game is 'this one is for
you," said Iguodala, who was 8-of-10 from the field and had 10
rebounds. "I said we owed him one from last year when we let the
game here slip away and lost."
There will be little time to savor the win for the 76ers, who
play at Phoenix on Wednesday night and are in the midst of their
longest road stretch of the season -- seven games in 11 days.
Iverson, the NBA's leading scorer, shot 8-of-25 and hit both
free throws in his second lowest-scoring game of the season.
Iverson, who was held to 18 points by Toronto, had 12 assists as
Philadelphia ended its two-game losing streak.
"If an off night is 19 points, he must be a hell of a player,"
With Webber and Iverson on the bench to start the fourth
quarter, the 76ers scored seven straight points to take a 90-75 lead. A
pair of 3-pointers by Peja Stojakovic helped the Kings go on an 8-0
run, cutting the lead to 90-83 with 8:33 left, but a subsequent 7-0
run later by the 76ers helped seal the victory.
"It's disappointing," Adelman said. "It's just one of those
games where we really didn't have any answers for them."
Sacramento, an uncharacteristic 8-10 at home, wasted a near
career effort from center Brad Miller, who scored 36 points and had
11 rebounds. Miller's career high is 38 points.
Stojakovic scored 19 points, and Kenny Thomas -- acquired in the
Webber trade -- had 11 points and 14 rebounds. Mike Bibby, who
averaged 35.5 points his previous two games, shot 4-of-20 and had
10 points and 11 assists.
"[Philadelphia] played better," said Bibby, who spent Monday
evening with Webber at his Sacramento home. "They got a lot of
loose balls and offensive rebounds towards the end of the game."
Dalembert provided an unlikely offensive spark in the third
quarter for the 76ers. Known mostly for his shot blocking, he
scored 10 points in the period and Iverson had eight as
Philadelphia built the lead to 83-75 entering the fourth.
"You can really see how important Sam is to our team," Iverson
said. "He rebounds the ball and clogs up the middle. Igoudala had
a nice game tonight, probably one of his best.
Iverson shot 3-of-14 in the first half and had nine points.
... Miller had 13 first-quarter points in helping the Kings to a
26-24 lead. ... The Kings ran off 17 straight points late in the
first quarter and extending into the second, yet still trailed
51-47 at the half. ... The 76ers are 9-4 against Western Conference
teams this season.