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.
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.
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