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Musselman leads Kings, who lose Bibby in third quarter

RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Ron Artest scored 22 points to help the
Sacramento Kings beat the New Orleans Hornets 117-93 in a preseason
game on Sunday.

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.

Francisco Garcia added 15 points, and Kevin Martin and Brad
Miller had 14 each for the Kings (4-1).

Peja Stojakovic led the Hornets with 15 points, and Chris Paul
had 14.

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
the period.

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.