Sacramento had lost its last two meetings with Seattle by a combined 63 points. The Kings had scored only 59 in their previous game, at Charlotte. But Saturday night the Kings beat the SuperSonics, 101-85.

"We had people at the other places laughing at us," Rory Sparrow said of the three-game trip that ended in Charlotte. "Kids were telling us that they could take us on. . . . It got us mad."

Sacramento Coach Dick Motta praised his team's hustle in the first half before a home crowd of 17,000 Saturday but warned he would not tolerate the team playing with less enthusiasm.

"I'm going to stop being nice to them," Motta said. "I'm going to stop using the excuse that we're new and young. We had better start playing with enthusiasm like in the first half. People pay money to watch us. We're obligated. People cash paychecks {for playing}."

Motta said the sprained foot Wayman Tisdale, his leading scorer, incurred in Charlotte could sideline Tisdale up to six weeks.

HE'S NO. 21:

Walter Davis passed Bob McAdoo for 21st in NBA all-time scoring with 26 points in the Nuggets' victory over Cleveland. Davis has 18,792 to McAdoo's 18,787.