NBA Game Summary - Sacramento at Cleveland
(Friday, April 1st)
Final Score: Sacramento 128, Cleveland 109
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Peja Stojakovic, Mike Bibby and Cuttino Mobley each scored 22 points as the Sacramento Kings used a big second-quarter run to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 128-109, at Gund Arena.
Kenny Thomas added 18 points and eight rebounds for the Kings, who have won four of their last six and moved one-half game ahead of Houston into fifth place in the Western Conference. The Rockets lost 76-73 to New Orleans on Friday.
LeBron James scored a game-high 35 points to go along with nine rebounds for the Cavaliers, who rallied from a 31-point deficit in the third quarter to make it relatively close in the closing minutes before losing their second in a row after winning two straight.
Drew Gooden poured in 21 points for Cleveland, which holds the seventh seed in the East while sharing a 37-34 record with sixth-place Indiana.
Cleveland jumped out to 21-13 lead on a basket by Gooden with 4:20 left in the first quarter and went into the second with a 33-32 advantage. But Sacramento outscored the Cavaliers 41-19 in the second quarter to build a commanding 73-52 halftime lead.
After a pair of free throws by Zydrunas Ilgauskas pulled Cleveland to within 44-42 with 7:31 remaining in the second, the Kings embarked on a half-ending 29-10 run and went up 73-51 on a three-pointer by Eddie House with 28 seconds left in the period.
Sacramento shot 58 percent (25-of-43) in the first half and outrebounded Cleveland by an 18-2 margin in the second quarter.
"We wanted to come out and run and we jumped on them in the second quarter," said Bibby.
The Kings went up by as many as 31 points and took a 96-65 lead on a jumper by Bibby with 5:43 left in the third quarter.
Cleveland trailed by 22 at the end of the third quarter, but made a game of it in the fourth. The Cavaliers pulled to within nine at 115-106 on Gooden's driving layup with 4:38 left in the fourth quarter. But a three-pointer by Bibby with 3:33 remaining put the Kings up 118-106 and the lead never dipped below double digits the rest of the way.
Sacramento shot 57 percent (48-of-84) for the contest, going 10-of-19 from three-point range. The Kings were also 22-of-26 from the foul line.
Cleveland also shot the ball well, hitting at a 51-percent clip (37-of-72), including 7-of-12 from beyond the arc. The Cavaliers were 28-of-38 from the free throw stripe.
"We can see a lot of teams chasing us, but we are still in the playoffs at this point," said James. "I'm going to do what I have to do to put this team on my back and get to the playoffs."
Corliss Williamson finished with 17 points in the victory...Aleksandar Pavlovic had 17 points and Anderson Varejao added 12 in the loss...The 128 points were the most scored by Sacramento this season, eclipsing the previous high set in a 123-96 win over Cleveland at ARCO Arena on January 20...Sacramento also set a season high for points in a half with 73...The Kings won their fourth straight at Gund Arena...Sacramento won for just the second time in its last eight tries on the road and is 18-19 overall as the visitor...The 73 first-half points were the most the Cavaliers have allowed in a half since giving up 76 points in a half to Washington on January 24, 2004.
04/02 00:51:33 ET