Sacramento coach Eric Musselman led the team hours after he
apologized for his arrest a day earlier on a drunken driving
charge. Kings owners Gavin and Joe Maloof said no disciplinary
action would be taken against the team's first-year coach, hired
June 3 to replace fired coach Rick Adelman.
Sacramento point guard Mike Bibby left the game midway through
the third quarter with a jammed right thumb, which would be X-rayed
Monday, team officials said.
The Kings never trailed in the game as Artest sparked a quick
first-quarter lead, scoring seven of Sacramento's first nine
points. The Kings led 14-2 after a 3-point play by Bibby with 7:59
to play in the quarter.
The closest New Orleans could get in the game was 62-55 on a
short jumper by Stojakovic with 8:45 left in the third quarter. The
Kings responded with an 18-7 run to lead 80-62 with 3:37 left in
Garcia scored eight of his 15 points in the fourth quarter as
the Kings put the game away. Quincy Douby's slam dunk with 28
seconds left -- the final basket of the night -- gave Sacramento its
biggest lead at 24 points.
Sacramento led 58-47 at halftime, after being up by as many as
18 points on a basket by Maurice Taylor to make it 53-35 with 3:39
left in the half.