Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 3)

Series starts 12/1

Game 1: Wednesday, December 1st
Game 2: Sunday, December 19th
Game 3: Saturday, January 8th

Hornets 71

(2-21, 1-11 away)

Kings 107

(16-7, 10-2 home)

    Coverage: CSNS

    6:00 PM ET, December 19, 2004

    Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    NO 28 11 14 1871
    SAC 28 22 35 22107

    Top Performers

    New Orleans: P. Brown 14 Pts, 5 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

    Sacramento: B. Miller 17 Pts, 9 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Blk

    Stojakovic, Kings too strong

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Even with Chris Webber sitting out to rest his sore knee, the Sacramento Kings had more than enough offense to defeat the hapless New Orleans Hornets.

    Peja Stojakovic scored 21 points, and the Kings pulled away in the second half for a 107-71 victory Sunday night.

    It was still another long night for the Hornets, who at 2-21 have the worst record in the NBA. New Orleans has lost two straight and 13 of 14.

    "You're facing a team that is really down on its luck," Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "But you've got to keep your focus on the game. We did that for the most part."

    Webber, who played just 23 regular season games a year ago after recovering from a knee injury, had not practiced the previous two days. He averaged 23.5 points in his previous four games.

    "I had no idea until I got here that he wasn't going to play," Adelman said of Webber, who has missed two games this season. "It's strictly his call and the medical people's call."

    It helped that Brad Miller and Darius Songaila had solid games inside. Miller had 17 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Kings, who played their reserves most of the fourth quarter and recorded their biggest margin of victory this season.

    The Kings earned their largest home victory since March 21, 2002, when they beat Denver 118-82.

    Mike Bibby had 16 points, Bobby Jackson scored 14, and Songaila had 13 points and 11 rebounds despite having the flu and feeling dizzy before the game.

    "But once I got going, I didn't feel too bad," Songaila said. "We knew we would have to step it up in the middle without Chris."

    Dan Dickau and P.J. Brown each scored 14 points for New Orleans, which shot 32.5 percent (25 of 77). Chris Andersen added 10.

    Sacramento took over in the second quarter as the Hornets missed their first 11 shots. The Kings outscored New Orleans 22-11 in the period and took a 50-39 lead into halftime.

    The offensive troubles continued for New Orleans in the third quarter.

    Stojakovic scored 10 points in the period in which the Kings had an 18-2 run. Sacramento outscored the Hornets 35-14 and took an 85-53 lead.

    The Hornets are the NBA's lowest scoring team, largely because All-Stars Baron Davis and James Magloire have played only a combined 15 games this season.

    New Orleans has been held under 90 points in 13 of 23 games this season and has gone over 100 just once -- a triple-overtime victory over Golden State.

    "I don't think we were scared to take shots, shots were just not falling," New Orleans forward George Lynch said. "We were leaving everything short."

    Game notes

    The Hornets are 1-11 on the road and 1-10 at home. Bibby scored 10 points in the first quarter, which ended in a 28-28 tie. Wesley made a 19-foot jumper at 4:37 of the second for the Hornets' first basket of the quarter. Kings reserve center Greg Ostertag fouled out early in the fourth quarter after playing just 17 minutes.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 71 107
    FGM-FGA 25-77 (.325) 39-75 (.520)
    3PM-3PA 3-12 (.250) 9-23 (.391)
    FTM-FTA 18-26 (.692) 20-24 (.833)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 15-34 12-46
    Assists 18 30
    Turnovers 19 19
    Steals 12 10
    Blocks 1 6
    Fast Break Points 4 20
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 19 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 6 40

    Top Performers

    New Orleans
    P.J. Brown Brown
    Points: 14
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Brad Miller Miller
    Points: 17
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1