NBA Game Summary - Sacramento at Seattle
(Sunday, March 30th)
Final Score: Sacramento 120, Seattle 107
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Kevin Martin and Ron Artest combined to pour in 60 points, and the Sacramento Kings used a big second half to pull away from the struggling Seattle SuperSonics, 120-107.
Martin netted a game-high 31 points, while Artest posted a double-double of 29 points and 12 rebounds for the Kings, who had previously lost four in a row on the road. Francisco Garcia was a factor off the bench in depositing 21 points.
Mikki Moore and Brad Miller added 14 and 10 points, respectively, for Sacramento.
The Sonics, who have now lost 14 of their last 15 games, had three players break the 20-point barrier. Kevin Durant led the way with 25 points, and fellow rookie Jeff Green chipped in 21. Earl Watson logged 20 points and 12 assists, as Seattle scored just 18 points in the game-altering third quarter.
Damien Wilkins tallied 18 points in defeat.
Seattle came out of the gates scorching, tallying 28 points in the first eight minutes of the ballgame. The Kings weren't far behind thanks to 12-of-13 shooting from the foul line, and trailed, 39-34 after the initial session.
"They are very good. I think they're five or six in the league at getting to the free throw line in terms of percentage, and that was a real focus of the game," Seattle coach P.J. Carlesimo said. "Unfortunately the whole game we couldn't keep them off the free throw line. That's what they do well."
Both clubs remained hot in the second frame and Seattle remained ahead, 65-62 at the end of the half.
Both teams hit 6-for-11 from three-point land in a rather defenseless first half of play.
The third quarter proved a different story for the Sonics, who struggled offensively and didn't score in the final 3:14 of the period. The Kings kept banging the ball down low and made their way to the free throw line, where they hit 12-of-13 once again for the quarter. Sacramento scored the final 11 points to soar ahead, 94-83 after three quarters of action.
After scoring the first six points of the final frame, Seattle went cold again. A 16-4 Kings run capped by a long Artest jumper made the once close battle a 110-93 game.
The Supersonics wouldn't challenge the rest of the way, as the Kings continued to showcase their terrific inside-outside efficiency.
"Sometimes we play against a lower opponent, whose record isn't as good as one of the elite teams and we just kind of play down to their level," Artest said. "Today we were doing that in the first half, but we kept on playing and pulled it out."
The Sonics are 11-26 at home this season...The Kings are 11-27 on the road this season...The Kings have won nine of the last 12 in the series...The Kings end the season series, 3-1 against the Sonics...Johan Petro added 10 points for Seattle...Nick Collison led the Sonics on the glass with eight rebounds...The Kings had a 42-31 rebounding edge...The Kings shot 55.1 percent from the field, while Seattle hit 47.8 percent....Sacramento drained 28-of-32 from the free throw line, and Seattle hit 11-of-15 at the stripe.
03/31 00:30:59 ET