Regular Season Series (Game 3 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

Kings 76

(14-21, 5-10 away)

Hornets 90


    Coverage: COX

    7:00 PM ET, January 13, 2006

    1 2 3 4 T
    SAC 25 14 14 2376
    NO 28 26 17 1990

    Top Performers

    Sac: F. Garcia 17 Pts, 8 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 4 Blk

    NO: R. Butler 16 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Blk

    Hornets get by undermanned Kings at home

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- With a nearly full house supporting them, the New Orleans Hornets didn't let another fourth-quarter lead slip away in yet another home away from home.

    David West scored 19 points and Rasual Butler added a season-high 16 to help New Orleans beat the Sacramento Kings 90-76 Friday night in their third "home" arena this season.

    Butler hit two 3-pointers during a 16-4 run that extended the Hornets' lead to 79-57 early in the fourth quarter. Sacramento pulled to 83-70 on Jason Hart's 3, but Jackson Vroman scored four straight points and J.R. Smith added a 3 to restore the 20-point lead.

    "There were a lot of plays that knocked the wind out of them," Butler said. "We kept them at a distance."

    The game -- relocated from Baton Rouge, La. -- was played at the University of Oklahoma's Lloyd Noble Center because of a conflict with a Bon Jovi concert rehearsal at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City.

    The Hornets sold 11,343 tickets -- about 300 shy of a sellout -- in four days to create a home-court advantage they didn't have when they last played a "home" game somewhere other than the Ford Center.

    Last month, they were outscored 37-10 in the fourth quarter by Phoenix in a 101-88 loss in front of 7,302 fans in Baton Rouge. Afterward, Hornets coach Byron Scott approached general manager Jeff Bower about moving five other games that were scheduled for Baton Rouge.

    "We have great fans here in Oklahoma. It's unfortunate that Louisiana had such a tragedy that people don't really have the time to come out and support entertainment," Butler said.

    The Hornets closed the third quarter with eight straight points to take a 71-53 lead on Chris Paul's athletic basket.

    After letting the clock tick down, Speedy Claxton lost the ball on the right wing before recovering to find Paul at the top of the key. Paul scooted into the lane and flipped the ball into the basket.

    The run continued into the fourth quarter with Butler's two 3s.

    "We had great crowd support. I think that it definitely had something to do with it," Butler said.

    The Kings were without three of their top four scorers. Guard Peja Stojakovic was a game-time scratch with a bulging disc in his back, and Shareef Abdur-Rahim (jaw) and Bonzi Wells (groin) were also out.

    "We just wanted to go into this game with that energy and make sure we didn't have a letdown emotionally," West said. "Coming in with this team missing the guys that they're missing, you could easily come in and think you're going to walk through the game."

    Brad Miller scored 18 points to lead Sacramento and Francisco Garcia, who started in place of Stojakovic, added 17.

    Mike Bibby, averaging a team-high 19.7 points, was held to six with four turnovers. He played only 27 minutes, but sat out the entire fourth quarter despite having only four fouls, as coach Rick Adelman gave his reserves a chance to make an impact.

    "Our offense is not going to be very good if Mike and Brad don't play very well," Adelman said. "Francisco had numbers, but our starters, I don't know if anybody had a decent game. ... We needed everybody to play well and play at a high level, and they didn't do it. When that happens with the team we have today, it's hard."

    The Kings committed 20 turnovers -- one fewer than their season-high -- and the Hornets capitalized on them for 18 points.

    "We struggled playing the game. We didn't pass the ball very well. We turned it over. And playing on the road, you can't turn it over like we turned it over," Adelman said.

    Butler scored the first seven points of New Orleans' 19-4 run to start the second quarter while leading scorers Paul and West were on the bench. Claxton had a pair of baskets and four assists during the run, including one to set up Kirk Snyder's right-handed, fast-break dunk that put the Hornets ahead 47-29.

    Butler, who was averaging 4.4 points through the Hornets' first 16 games, has adapted to his reserve role -- averaging 8.9 in their last 16.

    Game notes

    At one point in pregame warmups, Stojakovic made 11 straight and 19 of 20 3-pointers he attempted. He re-aggravated a protruding disc in his back Wednesday against Houston. He said the injury causes problems with a nerve that makes his right leg go weak. The Kings are 4-3 when Stojakovic doesn't play. ... Hornets forward Chris Andersen missed the game with the flu. ... Bostjan Nachbar, who had missed New Orleans' last 21 games after spraining his right knee Nov. 28, played the final 3:37.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 76 90
    FGM-FGA 28-77 (.364) 34-82 (.415)
    3PM-3PA 3-16 (.188) 6-9 (.667)
    FTM-FTA 17-20 (.850) 16-20 (.800)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-48 9-46
    Assists 18 19
    Turnovers 20 17
    Steals 8 16
    Blocks 5 8
    Fast Break Points 11 17
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (2/0) 22 (2/0)
    Largest Lead 3 22

    Top Performers

    No/oklahoma City
    Francisco Garcia Garcia
    Points: 17
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 4
    Rasual Butler Butler
    Points: 16
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 3