NBA Game Summary - New Jersey at Sacramento
(Tuesday, January 25th)
Final Score: Sacramento 113, New Jersey 93
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) - Brad Miller scored a season-high 31 points and pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds as the Sacramento Kings crowned the visiting New Jersey Nets, 113-93, at ARCO Arena.
Miller, who went 14-of-18 from the field, packed 18 of his points into the second half for Sacramento, which got back on the winning track after having its six-game winning streak snapped on Sunday.
The Kings played without the talents of star forward Chris Webber, who was sidelined with a sprained ankle suffered on Sunday against San Antonio.
"They always say I'm probably the only person in the league that doesn't want to shoot enough," Miller said. "When Webb is out, I know I've got to be able to step up and change my role a little bit. I'm cool doing it every now and then."
Peja Stojakovic, who had 16 points in the first half, finished with 25, while both Mike Bibby and Cuttino Mobley recorded double-doubles. Mobley had 20 points and 10 assists and Bibby contributed 19 points and 10 assists.
This game was won in the third quarter. Leading 56-45 at halftime, Sacramento outscored New Jersey 32-23 and led by more than 20 points. The Kings hit field goals on nine consecutive possessions and Mobley stroked a jumper from the baseline with five seconds remaining to give the Kings an 86-66 lead heading into the final 12 minutes.
Leading New Jersey, which has dropped two straight, was Vince Carter, who netted 23 points on 10-of-20 shooting.
"Defense, more than anything, hurt us," Carter said. "They're a high-powered team. You have to stop Bibby and Peja, and once they started hitting, everybody else did, too. They're tough to guard."
Sacramento jumped out to a 15-8 lead before closing the first quarter with a 15-10 scoring advantage and a 30-18 edge.
New Jersey opened the second frame on a 7-0 run with Carter netting a three- pointer, Brian Scalabrine hitting a jump shot and Travis Best knocking down two free throws to get within six points. The Kings answered with an 8-0 spurt before rattling off an 8-2 run that Miller capped with consecutive jumpers as the Kings cruised into halftime leading 56-45.
"Brad is one of the best-shooting big men out there, and he can take it to the hole, too," said Mobley. "But he's unselfish."
Sacramento shot 50 percent from the field in the first half en route to a season-high 55.4 percent for the game.
After the game-altering third quarter, both teams netted 25 points in the fourth quarter as the Nets failed to mount any serious comeback attempt.
Scalabrine had 13 points off the bench while Billy Thomas, who was signed to a 10-day contract by the Nets on January 20, scored a career-high 12 points.
Overall the Nets have lost six of their last nine contests.
Darius Songaila, who started in Webber's spot, scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds in 34 minutes...Jason Collins left the game in the third quarter and did not return with what was reported as a right hamstring strain...The Kings entered the game coming off a 103-73 loss to San Antonio. It was Sacramento's worst home defeat since December 12, 1995...The Kings have won seven of eight at home...The Kings will kick off a three-game road trip Thursday in San Antonio...New Jersey has lost seven of its last eight on the road...The Nets kicked off a five-game road trip on Sunday, and will visit Golden State on Wednesday...The Nets and Kings split two meetings last season.
01/26 01:44:10 ET