NBA Game Summary - Sacramento at New Jersey
(Tuesday, December 18th)
Final Score: Sacramento 106, New Jersey 101
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Bronx native Francisco Garcia drained a big three-pointer off the dish from John Salmons with 15.7 seconds left to help lift Sacramento over New Jersey, 106-101, at the Izod Center.
The Nets can't win at home, dropping to 5-10 at the Meadowlands Complex, but a nearby native in Garcia seems to have a much easier time, dropping 24 points with five three-pointers off the bench.
He had a wide open look at the three in the waning seconds thanks to Salmons, who scored a career-high 31 points and drew a triple team in the lane before Garcia made the basket for a 103-99 lead.
Richard Jefferson followed with a pair of foul shots, but Brad Miller answered with a pair at the line and Vince Carter missed a three-point heave from the right corner in the waning seconds to end any hopes of a comeback.
Ron Artest scored 20 points and Miller notched a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds for Sacramento, which improved to 2-2 on a five-game road trip.
"It's a big win for us. We've had a lot of close games that we haven't finished strong," said Kings head coach Reggie Theus. "We've been in every game and we've had our chances. This team is learning how to win. Winning on the road takes toughness and today we were tough."
Jefferson scored a game-high 36 points with nine rebounds, Carter added 15 points, six rebounds and seven assists and Antoine Wright scored 13 points off the bench for the Nets, who saw rookie guard Marcus Williams make his season debut, grabbing one rebound and missing all three shot attempts in just over four minutes. Jason Kidd nearly came up with another triple-double, posting 11 points with 10 rebounds and nine assists.
Rookie Sean Williams tied a team record with eight blocks along with 11 points and seven boards. Mike Gminski set the mark in 1981.
"He brings a lot to the table. His athleticism is second to none," Carter said of Williams.
The final few minutes worked up to Garcia's big jumper. Jefferson tapped Kidd's missed three to himself, tipping home the errant shot with his left hand to cut the Nets' deficit to 97-95.
Miller, who made 7-of-8 from the charity stripe, made two free throws then Jefferson connected twice from the foul line for the 99-97 game.
The game was very close throughout the first three stanzas. Sacramento jumped out to a 28-25 lead after one quarter and held a 52-50 advantage at the half.
The game featured nine ties and 20 lead changes...The Kings made 23-of-28 from the free throw line...Sacramento drained 13 three-pointers and shot 45.5 percent from the floor...The Nets made 50.6 percent of their shots and outrebounded Sacramento, 45-31...Malik Allen scored 10 points in defeat...The attendance was 11,902.
12/19 00:09:33 ET