Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Welcome Wagon

It seems that Cuttino Mobley has done well in adjusting with his new team, the Sacramento Kings. In his second outing Mobley had 19 points to help push the Kings to a 89-93 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Of course Mobley could not have done it all by himself, Chris Webber came though and led the Sacramento Kings with 23 points and 14 boards. The Kings have now won four straight games and have won the past 8 of 10 games.
"I'm having fun. I'm lovin' it. I'm just trying to do what they want me to do out there. That's score and get some energy. Maybe when you are on a winning team, your defense shows up better." - Mobley
Mobley sunk 5 of 12 field goals, but the most important being a vital 3-pointer that gave the Kings 85-83 lead with 59.6 seconds left, and he finished his solid effort with a couple of free throws to put "the nail in the coffin" with 26 seconds left.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Kings on the Rise

Faced with an ever-diminishing number of teammates, Peja Stojakovic and Mike Bibby did all they could Tuesday to get their team a win.

Stojakovic scored 27 points and Bibby added 18 and seven assists as the undermanned Sacramento Kings posted a 109-100 victory over the Denver Nuggets.

The triumph was the Kings' 17th straight at home against the Nuggets and made them winners in their first game since shipping Doug Christie to the Orlando Magic on Monday in exchange for Cuttino Mobley and Michael Bradley.

While star forward Chris Webber sat out to rest his sore left knee, Mobley and Bradley had yet to arrive in town, leaving the Kings with just nine players in uniform.

Stojakovic stepped up, scoring 10 points in the first quarter and nine in the closing minutes. His 3-pointer with 6:24 left snapped an 89-89 tie and gave Sacramento the lead for good.

Bibby left the game with 9:40 remaining after turning his ankle following a driving layup, and Denver quickly took advantage with a 9-0 run that tied the game, 85-85. A hobbled Bibby returned at the 7:54 mark, just before Stojakovic put the Kings ahead to stay.

Afterward, Bibby indicated he would be ready for Thursday's home game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Sacramento clinched the game with free throws in the final minutes as Denver missed several point-blank opportunities against a zone defense, which had stalled the Nuggets much of the first half.

Monday, January 03, 2005

Kings top Spurs

A well deserved win.

With an 86 - 81 win over the Spurs, the Kings managed to dodge a bullet with Stojakovic leading the way. Though it is only the second win against a team with a winning record. The last time was against the Lakers on Novomber 26.

So this really is a good way to start the New Year.