Kings Reign On Nets


Things have never been better for the Sacramento Kings or worse for the New Jersey Nets.

Chris Webber scored 26 points, grabbed a career-high 22 rebounds and added 10 assists Tuesday night as the Kings extended their winning streak to seven games by beating the Nets 105-92.

It was the ninth career triple-double for Webber, who has helped the Kings get off to a franchise-best 8-1 start.

"That is very important. It's something that's never been done here before, it's real special," Webber said.

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  • There's nothing special about New Jersey, which lost its seventh straight.

    Stephon Marbury had 31 points and seven assists for the Nets, whose 1-10 record is the worst 11-game start in franchise history. Keith Van Horn added 12 points and 17 rebounds.

    "We're giving it our all, we just have to step it up a little bit more," said Nets guard Sherman Douglas, who scored 13 points. "Guys are out there trying to win, they'not trying to lose, but it's just not coming together."

    The Kings' winning streak is the franchise's longest since the Kansas City Kings won seven straight in February 1977. Sacramento has won 13 straight games at home over the last two years and is 20-2 in its last 22 regular-season games.

    "We're happy with the way we have started; hopefully this isn't the only celebrating we do this year," said Kings forward Corliss Williamson, who scored 13 points.

    The Kings outscored the Nets 34-20 in the second quarter to take a 10-point halftime lead.

    New Jersey trailed 89-75 entering the final period and although Sacramento went more than five minutes without a field goal in the fourth quarter, the Nets never got the margin under nine points.

    "We have a talented team tat has a chance to beat a lot of people," Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "But we have to remember we can play a lot better than we did tonight. They hung around and it could have cost us."

    Webber couldn't have played much better. He made 11 of 18 shots, sank his only 3-point attempt, blocked four shots and had three steals.

    "They played great tonight and Chris Webber was phenomenal as always," Marbury said.

    Reserve Lawrence Funderburke had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Kings. Nick Anderson added 14 points.

    Sacramento made three consecutive 3-pointers, two of them by Jason Williams, in building a 73-55 lead.

    Webber had 12 points, eight rebounds and six assists as the Kings built a 60-50 halftime lead. Trailing by seven points in the opening four minutes of the second period, the Kings closed the quarter by outscoring the Nets 38-11.

    Notes

  • The Nets didn't commit a turnover in the second period and had just three in the first half. They finished with 11.
  • Anderson missed a pair of third-quarter free throws, his first attempts of the season.
  • Vlade Divac's string of 58 straights starts for the Kings ended. Suffering from the flu, he came off the bench late in the first period and finished with six points and seven rebounds.
  • Van Horn was 6-of-22 from the field.

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