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The Golden State Warriors tried running with the Sacramento Kings, the NBA's top-scoring team, and it worked for three quarters. But the Kings regained control in the final period.

Chris Webber had 20 points and six other Sacramento players scored in double figures as the Kings, who overcame a nine-point deficit early in the fourth quarter, defeated the Warriors 111-105 Monday night.

"I was surprised they ran with us there," Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "We're pretty good in the open court."

Tariq Abdul-Wahad had 18 points, Corliss Williamson and Vlade Divac had 16 each and Predrag Stojakovic had 10 of his 12 points in the final period for the Kings, who also got 12 points from Jason Williams and 11 from Lawrence Funderburke.

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  • Bimbo Coles scored a season-high 23 points and Chris Mills added 21 for the Warriors, who lost their third straight.

    "It's fun to go out there and run and score, that's what we did in high school," Mills said. "But at the same time, that's not our game. We can't get caught up in their game."

    The game was decided at the foul line, where the Kings went 24-for-40 and the Warriors were just 5-for-7.

    "We didn't get too close to them for half the game," said Adelman, explaining the free throw disparity. "It's a combination of things they weren't taking it strong enough, we weren't aggressive enough on defense."

    Webber relishes his visits to Golden State, where he began his NBA career and where fans still have plenty of animosity for a player they believe abondoned their team.

    "I had these two guys in the front row razzing me all game," Webber said. "That's what sports is all about. I don't like it when it gets malicious, but it was fun tonight."

    It was the Kings' sixth victory in 15 road games this year, matching their total of roa wins for all of last season.

    Golden State built a 91-82 lead early in the fourth period before the Kings responded with a 10-1 run, including five points by Stojakovic, to tie the game with 5:48 left.

    Coles gave Golden State a 94-92 lead, but Webber had two baskets and Stojakovic added another as the Kings answered with six straight points. After Mills hit a bucket, Sacramento scored eight straight points to take a 10-point lead.

    Williams awed fans during one sequence in the first half.

    The game was tied at 28-28 late in the first quarter when the rookie point guard hit a long 3-pointer and then left fans gasping by putting the ball around his back on the dribble while leading a 2-on-1 break that ended with an alley-oop pass to Abdul-Wahad.

    "I know my limits. I know when we need a basket or we don't," Williams said. "I know when I can go behind my back or I just need a normal pass."

    Notes: Muggsy Bogues (bruised right knee) missed his third straight game for the Warriors. Antawn Jamison (sprained left ankle) also was sidelined for Golden State. But Jason Caffey returned for the Warriors after missing five games with right heel tendinitis. ... The Warriors are 0-4 this season when an opponent scores more than 100 points. ... The Kings have won 15 of their last 19 games against the Warriors. ... The Kings have played 15 road games this season and just eight at home.

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