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Webber-Less Kings Shock Jazz


On a night when Chris Webber was out sick and the starting lineup played like it could have been, the Sacramento Kings bench came to the rescue.

Vernon Maxwell scored 33 points and fellow reserve Predrag Stojakovic added 26 Tuesday night as Sacramento downed Utah 104-101 in overtime.

Webber missed a second straight game with the flu and the starters combined for just 21 points.

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  • "Our bench has to work too, they have to earn their money," joked Kings center Vlade Divac, who finished with eight points and 13 rebounds. "Our bench did an excellent job."

    That was an understatement. Maxwell made six 3-pointers and Stojakovic had five as the Kings used long-range shooting to overcome a lack of starting production. Sacramento converted 15-of-30 3-pointers as both Maxwell and Stojakovic finished with season-highs.

    "They made a bunch of threes," said Utah guard Jeff Hornacek, who had 12 points. "They did a good job of going inside, then quickly passing it outside. Maxwell can play that type of game, he's a streak shooter. The other guy (Stojakovic ) was hitting them, too."

    Scot Pollard, another reserve, had 11 points and 11 rebounds and played solid defense on Karl Malone in the second half. Backup point guard Michael Hawkins also had 11 points and seven assists.

    "I had an inkling I would play tonight," Pollard said. "We were running thin on big men with Chris out."

    After Pollard tied the game 101-101 with two free throws with 1:01 left, Divac converted two free throws, putting the Kings ahead for good with 45 seconds left.

    Utah had a basket waved off when Bryon Russell was called for charging with 4.2 seconds remaining. Maxwell made one of two free throws and Hawkins stole the inbounds pass at midcourt as time expired.

    "This was a great win, our guys battled back all nigt," Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "The guys off the bench were unbelievable."

    Malone had 20 points and seven rebounds for Utah, which lost its second straight. John Stockton added 14 points and 11 assists and Harold Eisley also scored 14.

    Utah had a chance to win in regulation but Stockton missed a long jumper with four seconds left. Adam Keefe's rebound basket came after the buzzer.

    Trailing by 10 points late in the third quarter, the Jazz went on a 19-3 run. Eisley scored eight straight points to end the third quarter. Notes: The Kings had one field goal and four points in the game's opening seven minutes. ... Utah had 13 turnovers in the first 18 minutes. ... Through three quarters Sacramento's starting front line had four points. ... Utah outrebounded the Kings 46-30.

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