NBA Game Summary - Toronto at Sacramento
(Sunday, March 16th)
Final Score: Sacramento 106, Toronto 100
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) - Kevin Martin had 32 points and eight rebounds as Sacramento held off Toronto, 106-100 at ARCO Arena.
Ron Artest added 19 points and 10 rebounds while Mikki Moore donated 17 points and seven boards for the Kings, who have won three of their last four.
"Well it wasn't textbook but the guys came up with a victory," said Sacramento coach Reggie Theus. "We did what we had to do down the stretch. I thought our energy level was real low tonight but they found a way to get it done."
Jason Kapono had 26 points while Rasho Nesterovic added 20 points and eight rebounds for the Raptors, who have dropped four straight, but remain the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference.
"We did a lot of good things tonight," said Toronto coach Sam Mitchell. "A lot of guys played well. We have to learn from this game and continue to play better."
Holding a four-point lead with under seven minutes to play, the Kings padded their advantage with a jumper from Brad Miller and a layup by Martin for an 89-81 advantage with 5:34 to play.
Toronto cut the deficit to three points after Carlos Delfino buried a long three-pointer to make it a 92-89 game with 3:46 left.
A pair of free throws from Delfino with under three minutes to go made it a one-point game, but Artest hit a basket and a bad pass from Toronto resulted in an easy layup from Martin.
After Jamario Moon missed a three-pointer, Miller hit a pair of free throws for a 98-91 lead with 1:35 to play.
Nesterovic made a layup and Delfino hit 1-of-2 from the line before Martin made a free throw with 27 seconds left for a 99-94 lead.
Kapono buried a jumper just inside the arc with 23.3 left to make it a 99-96 game and Martin followed with a pair of free throws with 22.3 left.
Toronto followed with a running jumper from Kapono with 14 ticks left on the clock. Martin hit his first free throw and missed the second, but the ball went out of bounds off of Toronto and Artest's bucket with 10.9 to play sealed the win.
Thanks to a 14-2 run in the middle portion of the first quarter, with Moore and Beno Udrih each donating five points, Sacramento held a 32-23 lead to start the second.
The Kings held a 15-point lead after Francisco Garcia put in a layup for a 48-33 advantage with 4:31 left in the second.
Toronto, though, closed out the quarter with a 16-5 run, including 10 straight points from Kapono, and trailed, 53-49 at the end of the first half.
The game remained tight through much of the third quarter, but back-to-back threes from Martin gave the Kings a 68-58 lead with 6:16 left in the frame.
The Raptors again used a late run to cut the deficit as they finished the frame with a 13-4 burst and Moon's three-pointer made it a 76-73 game heading to the final quarter.
Sacramento hosts Golden State on Tuesday...Toronto plays in Utah on Monday...Kings' rookie center Spencer Hawes left the game with a strained right foot and did not return...Udrih finished with 15 points and seven assists while Miller had 14 points and 11 boards.
03/17 01:24:16 ET