NBA Game Summary - Sacramento at Phoenix
(Saturday, November 13th)
Final Score: Sacramento 113, Phoenix 111
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Chris Webber amassed 28 points and 10 rebounds and Peja Stojakovic added 23 points as Sacramento held on for a 113-111 victory over Phoenix at America West Arena.
Mike Bibby contributed 20 points and seven assists for the Kings, who won for the first time in five road tilts this season.
"It was a great win," said Kings head coach Rick Adelman. "(The Suns) are really, really a tough team to guard, but we played so much better tonight than we have been. I was really pleased to get this one on the road."
Amare Stoudemire and Steve Nash each poured in 29 points for the Suns, who have dropped two in a row after beginning the year with four straight wins. Shawn Marion compiled 14 points and 15 rebounds, while Stoudemire finished with nine boards in the loss.
The two teams were tied at 78-78 with four minutes left in the third quarter before the Kings began to assume control near the conclusion of the period. Darius Songalia scored four consecutive points to put Sacramento in front and the Kings ended the stanza with an 88-82 cushion on two Bibby free throws with 15 seconds left.
Sacramento then embarked on a 12-5 run over the first four minutes of the fourth quarter and grabbed a 100-87 advantage on Stojakovic's layup with 8:03 to go.
"The first half we gave (Sacramento) easy baskets, but during the second half we were contesting every shot," Marion said. "They hit every big shot they needed to hit tonight."
The Suns slowly closed the gap and got to within 108-106 on a Nash jumper with 1:37 to play. Bibby then sank a bucket on the ensuing possession before Nash drained a three-pointer with 44 seconds left to cut the deficit to a single point. Sacramento responded on Brad Miller's basket with 24 seconds to go, but Stoudemire hit a pair of foul shots to get back to within one.
Doug Christie made one of two free throws with 12 seconds left for a 113-111 lead and the Suns missed two chances to tie it in the waning moments. Marion missed a 15-footer with three seconds to play, but Joe Johnson snared the offensive rebound. Johnson's shot would go off the mark right before the final buzzer.
There were a total of 19 lead changes during the game...Johnson ended with 15 points for Phoenix...Sacramento has won four of the last five meetings between the clubs...The home team had won eight of the last nine and 11 of the last 13 in the series heading into Saturday's contest.
11/14 01:03:22 ET