NBA Game Summary - Sacramento at Philadelphia
(Saturday, February 26th)
Final Score: Sacramento 101, Philadelphia 99
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Mike Bibby scored 14 of his team-high 19 points in the second half, as the Sacramento Kings downed Philadelphia, 101-99, and spoiled their former teammate Chris Webber's debut with the 76ers.
The Sixers acquired Webber from the Kings on Wednesday in a six-player deal that also sent forwards Michael Bradley and Matt Barnes to Philadelphia. Webber, who had been with Sacramento since 1998, finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds, but missed the potential game-tying basket just before the final buzzer sounded.
Sacramento, which has won two of its last three games, received forwards Kenny Thomas, Corliss Williamson and Brian Skinner in return for Webber. Williamson scored 17 points for the Kings and Thomas chipped in 16 points and 10 rebounds. Philadelphia native Cuttino Mobley also tallied 17 points in the victory.
"It's huge, because we talked about before the game that (the Sixers) were going to be on an emotional high with Chris (Webber) coming here and the whole crowd's into it. We talked about surviving that," said Kings coach Rick Adelman.
Allen Iverson posted 27 points and a season-high 14 assists in the loss and Andre Iguodala added 18 points, as Philadelphia dropped its third straight contest.
"Fans showed great support for him (Webber)," said Iverson. "We were happy to see that, see them embrace him like that. Hopefully it's the start of something good."
Webber hit a 17-footer to cut the lead to 96-94 with 1:52 remaining in the game and the score remained that way until Mobley drilled a long jumper to push the Kings' edge to four with just 21.8 seconds left. Iverson followed with a quick driving layup to make it 98-96 with 18.6 left, but Brad Miller pushed the edge to three after hitting 1-of-2 from the line just two seconds later.
Iguodala had a chance to tie the game when he was fouled on a three-point attempt with 7.7 seconds left, but he could only make 2-of-3 from the line. The Sixers fouled again and Mobley made both to make it a three-point game with 6.4 seconds left. Iverson was fouled with 3.4 seconds remaining so he made the first attempt and missed the second on purpose. The strategy nearly paid off, as Webber grabbed the rebound down low before coming up short on the putback attempt.
"I'm disappointed. I wanted to win bad, and I know these guys wanted to win for me. And we had our chances at the end," said Webber.
Philadelphia held a one-point edge after three quarters, but Thomas drilled an 18-foot jumper to begin the fourth and give Sacramento its first advantage at 76-75. The teams would battle for the lead the rest of the way
The Sixers jumped out to a quick start, scoring 11 of the game's first 13 points. Philadelphia would push its advantage to 20-9 after Iverson hit 1-of-2 from the line with 5:47 remaining in the opening quarter, but Sacramento rallied and was able to slice the deficit to 31-26 by the end of the first period.
Both team's offense struggled in the second quarter and the Sixers would hold a 50-45 edge at the break. Iguodala led all scorers with 13 at halftime, while Thomas paced the Kings with 11 points.
Philadelphia started the third quarter with a 10-4 stretch to match its biggest lead at 60-49. The Sixers' edge still stood at 69-59 near the midway point of the period, but that's when the Kings used an 11-2 run to slice the lead to 71-70. Darius Songaila started the burst with a long jumper and Mobley's basket made it a one-point game with 3:06 left. The Sixers would take a 75-74 lead into the fourth quarter.
Sacramento has won eight straight over the Sixers and has taken five in a row in the City of Brotherly Love...Kings forward Peja Stojakovic sat out his fifth straight game with a strained right hamstring...Iverson finished just one assist shy of his career high...The Kings made 19-of-22 foul shots, while Philadelphia connected on just 18-of-25 from the line...The paid attendance of 21,068 was the largest crowd at the Wachovia Center this season...Skinner was scoreless in 10 minutes of action.
02/27 00:02:36 ET