HOUSTON (AP) -- Once Peja Stojakovic start moving, the Sacramento Kings began to rally.
Stojakovic scored 11 of his 28 points in the third quarter, and Chris Webber added 19 points to lead the Kings to a 99-94 victory over the Houston
Rockets on Sunday.
Stojakovic, the NBA's second-leading scorer with a 24.6 average, scored just nine points in the first half as the Rockets moved out to a 53-46
But Stojakovic scored all but two points in a 13-0 run to give Sacramento a 63-58 lead with 5:24 left in the third period. The outburst was part of a
26-4 run that helped the Kings to a 78-63 lead, Sacramento's largest advantage of the game.
"I tried to use my big guys," Stojakovic said of his scoring spree. "I just tried to run around behind them and they'd hand the ball off to me. We
were moving the ball and did a good job of working it around."
Stojakovic shot 5-for-7 from the field and 2-for-4 from the line in the quarter. Sacramento shot 63 percent (12-of-19) from the field.
Stojakovic's 13 points in the quarter helped the Kings move out to a 78-68 lead after three quarters.
"I felt good after I hit a 3-pointer [with 6:48 left in the third]," said Stojakovic, who also had 11 rebounds. "And the guys just started looking for
me. It all happened so quick. It seemed like it was a couple of minutes that we went from being down to being ahead."
The Kings were looking for their scorer in that span.
"We ran some different things then," coach Rick Adelman said of the third-quarter spurt. "We tried to run [Stojakovic] off more people. We pushed the
ball more then too."
Webber was glad to see the plan work.
"We moved [Stojakovic] around and made a lot of handoffs off the dribble," Webber said. "We just made a commitment to do it and it made a
Houston was outscored 32-15 in the third quarter.
"We start a lot of third quarters slow," Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "Our focus as a team, obviously, is not where it should be and we start
slow over and over again."
Most of the Rockets believe they played well.
"Today was a good game to me against a real good team," Steve Francis said. "We played hard but we didn't get the ball to bounce our way and it
Yao Ming had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Jim Jackson added 18 points for the Rockets.
Jackson scored four points in an 11-2 run at the start of the fourth quarter, helping the Rockets get back into the game. Scott Padgett hit
back-to-back 3-pointers to give Houston an 85-84 lead with 5:16 remaining.
A layup by Stojakovic made it 93-92 with 1:11 left. Webber's jumper 18 seconds later gave Sacramento a 95-92 lead. Mike Bibby scored with eight
seconds left, extending the lead to 97-92.
Cuttino Mobley scored five points in a 13-2 second-quarter run as the Rockets moved out to a 41-38 lead with 5:07 left in the half. Houston closed the
half with an 11-2 run and held a 53-46 advantage at the break. Yao scored six of his 15 first-half points in the outburst.
Notes: With 7:55 left in the third quarter, Francis fell hard on his back under the Kings' basket and was motionless on the court for a short time. He
went to the bench and later returned to the game. ... Yao Ming had his team-leading 32nd double-double of the season. ... None of the Kings' starters
had an offensive rebound in the game. ... Brad Miller missed his third straight game with acute bursitis in his right elbow ... The Kings, who entered
the game with a two-game losing streak, have not lost more than two in a row this season.
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