Thursday, December 16, 2004

C-Webb Dashes Bucks from downtown

Chris Webber made a 3-pointer that didn't count, then made one that did.

Seconds after sinking a practice shot, Webber sank a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Sacramento Kings an 89-86 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Webber scored 23 points for the Kings, who rallied from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit and gave away a lead before improving to 8-0 against the Eastern Conference.

With the game tied, the Bucks used an extra foul to deny the Kings a shot. Webber ended up with the ball and fired a 3-pointer that went in. On the ensuing inbounds play, Webber took a pass and sank the game-winning 3-pointer before sprinting off the court.

"I wasn't prepared to shoot it," Webber said. "I was way out. But I'm thankful it went in. I looked at Mike (Bibby) on the back door and when I raised (the shot). I saw Brad (Miller) wide open waving his arms. But by then I had to shoot it."

"He took the first one and it didn't count," Kings forward Peja Stojakovic said. "It was a preview. It was an unbelievable shot, with a guy on him and the clock winding down. That's his spot."

The Bucks held an 85-81 lead before Stojakovic hit a 3-pointer with 30 seconds left and added a driving layup with nine seconds remaining to give the Kings an 86-85 edge. Bibby stole the ball from Michael Redd to set up Stojakovic's layup.

"We got a big steal with 15 seconds left that put us ahead and Chris hits a 3-pointer, just like I drew it up," Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "We wanted to get Chris closer to the basket and we had some other options, but he didn't have the time. He got forced out further than we wanted. Fortunately for us, he made it."

Webber fouled Mike James, who sank 1-of-2 free throws with four seconds left, setting the stage for the Bucks to lose for the 12th time in 15 games.

A 3-pointer by James gave Milwaukee a 77-67 lead midway through the fourth quarter. Sacramento rallied with a 14-2 run, taking an 81-79 lead on Webber's hook with 2:46 left.

Doug Christie had all five of his points during the run and made a big save of a loose ball by diving headfirst into the stands.

"We had a 10-point lead that evaporated as quick as I have ever seen a 10-point lead evaporate," Milwaukee coach Terry Porter said. "We were there. We just have to make plays. Webber hits a 25-footer for them to win it. That is just the kind of luck we have been having right now."

"They played it the right way," Webber said of the final shot. "If I was them, I'd let me shoot it instead of Peja."

Bibby just missed a triple-double with 27 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists to help the Kings sweep the season series with their 14th win in 16 games.

"A win is a win," Bibby said. "We'll take them any way we can get them. We just kept fighting. If we keep fighting, we'll win games like this."

Desmond Mason led five Bucks in double figures with 23 points. Redd scored 20 points and James added 15 off the bench.

"We just have to finish games off, especially at home," Redd said. "Tonight, we had a huge lead that we squandered away. Sacramento made big plays down the stretch."

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