Statement win for Kings

Published: Thursday, January 16, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 16, 2003 at 1:12 a.m.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Although Chris Webber and the Sacramento Kings don't have the NBA's best record, they sure look like the NBA's best team. Webber had 29 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists, and Peja Stojakovic scored 23 points as the Kings reminded the league-leading Mavericks of their place in the NBA's hierarchy with a 123-94 victory over Dallas Wednesday.

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Sacramento Kings forward Chris Webber, left, goes after a rebound against Dallas Mavericks forward Walt Williams, right during the third quarter at Arco Arena in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday. Webber had 29 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists to lead the Kings to a 123-94 win over the Mavericks.

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Led by Webber's 16th career triple-double - and the second of his spectacular season - the Kings jumped to a huge early lead that demoralized Dallas in the season's first meeting between the Western Conference's division leaders.

They still trail the Mavericks (31-6) for the NBA's best record, but the Kings (29-10) have met every big test they've faced this season. Sacramento beat the Los Angeles Lakers on Christmas Day, then trounced East champion New Jersey by 36 points last week.

Webber was nearly unstoppable. He closed the third quarter by sprinting behind Dallas' defense for a dunk off a pass from Keon Clark, and he returned the favor with an alley-oop to Clark early in the fourth.

  • PACERS 104, HEAT 81: Brad Miller scored 21 points and Ron Artest had 18 as Indiana beat Miami. The Pacers (28-10) are off to the best in their NBA history.

  • CELTICS 86, HAWKS 66: Paul Pierce scored 28 points as Boston snapped a three-game losing streak. The Celtics beat Atlanta for the third time this year and swept the series.

  • BUCKS 99, RAPTORS 87: Sam Cassell scored 19 points and Milwaukee won its fourth straight. Ray Allen and Toni Kukoc each added 15 points for the Bucks.

  • ROCKETS 102, SUNS 96: Cuttino Mobley scored 30 points and Steve Francis added 19 as Houston defeated Phoenix.

  • LAKERS 90, HORNETS 82: Kobe Bryant had 36 points and 11 rebounds, while Shaquille O'Neal scored 23 as Los Angeles defeated New Orleans.

  • JAZZ 92, NUGGETS 81: Matt Harpring had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Karl Malone had 16 points and 10 rebounds as Utah defeated Denver.

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