Chris Webber had 20 points and 12 rebounds last night as the Sacramento Kings defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, 103-91, ending the Lakers' seven-game winning streak and maintaining their perfect record at home this season.
The Kings, who led the NBA in scoring last year and are leading again this season with 106 points per game, used some uncharacteristically tight defense to defeat the Lakers--who shot just 42 percent and were forced into 17 turnovers.
Jason Williams and Predrag Stojakovic each added 19 points for Sacramento, which had 11 steals while running its record at Arco Arena to 7-0. The Kings have won 15 straight regular season games at home.
"I thought they did a real good job collapsing in the middle," Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said. "I thought their defense created a lot of opportunities."
Shaquille O'Neal had 27 points and nine rebounds for the Lakers despite picking up his fourth foul in the opening two minutes of the second half. Kobe Bryant added 27 points for Los Angeles in his first start. He missed the Lakers' first 15 games with a broken right hand, and came off the bench in the last four games.
HAWKS 99, CLIPPERS 81: In Atlanta, Isaiah Rider scored a season-high 38 points as the Hawks won their fifth straight. Dikembe Mutombo added 16 points and 14 rebounds, all on the defensive end. The Clippers lost their seventh straight and 10th in a row to Atlanta.
NETS 107, BUCKS 90: Stephon Marbury had 14 assists to lead New Jersey at home.
Said the Bucks' Ray Allen: "We're in a funk right now."
CAVALIERS 107, BULLS 93: In Cleveland, Bob Sura scored 24 of his 29 points in the first half as the Cavaliers handed Chicago its 10th straight loss.
"I've been feeling all year that I was going to break out at some point with a big game," said Sura. "The basket feels as big as the ocean."
JAZZ 85, MAVERICKS 79: Karl Malone had 29 points and 10 rebounds for host Utah.
"One of the craziest games I've ever coached," said Dallas Coach Don Nelson. "To be completely unable to make baskets in the third quarter [4-of-20 shooting] and still be in the game, it was a really wacky game."
HORNETS 113, WARRIORS 106: Eddie Jones scored 23 of his 30 points in the second half and added 10 assists as host Charlotte sent Golden State to its 11th consecutive loss.
SUPERSONICS 110, TIMBERWOLVES 94: In Seattle, Gary Payton scored a season-high 36 points, and Vin Baker had 22 points and 13 rebounds.
CELTICS 115, NUGGETS 90: Tony Battie had 15 points and 12 rebounds as Boston cruised at home.