Despite sitting out the entire fourth quarter, Bibby was the
difference for Sacramento (3-1). He was 4-of-4 from 3-point range,
6-of-12 overall, 7-of-7 from the free throw line and handed out
seven assists to help Sacramento win its preseason home opener.
Ahead by three points at the half, Martin helped the Kings
increase their lead by scoring 12 points in the third quarter on
5-of-5 shooting, leading Sacramento to an 84-74 advantage going
into the final quarter.
A slimmed-down Bibby, who lost 18 pounds in the offseason, had
14 points in the opening half, helping the Kings take a 50-47 lead.
Williams scored 13 for Utah, which committed 25 turnovers in the
Although he didn't start due to back spasms, Artest made his
presence felt in the opening half. Entering the game late in the
first quarter, he made a 3-pointer within 18 seconds. He showed no
effects of a sore back in playing the entire second quarter,
finishing the first half with 12 points.