SACRAMENTO, California (Ticker) -- The result was not as emphatic this time, but the New Jersey Nets again were outclassed by Chris Webber, Peja Stojakovic and the Sacramento Kings.
Webber collected a season-high 36 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists and Stojakovic added 26 points and seven rebounds as the Kings defeated the Nets, 109-102.
"I don't know if you can play better than Chris Webber played tonight," said Kings coach Rick Adelman, whose staff will coach the Western Conference All-Stars by virtue of the victory. "He was just so good, especially down the stretch."
"(Nets forward) Kenyon Martin got to talking tonight," Webber said. "I told him he has a long way to go to be able to talk to me. A few more years in this league and a couple of accomplishments to get. I really made up my mind early to let my game do the talking, so I'm glad he pumped me up."
In a nationally televised game on January 9, the Kings manhandled the Nets in New Jersey, 118-82, behind 24 points from Stojakovic and 19 and 11 rebounds from Webber.
In that contest, Sacramento jumped out to a 34-23 lead after one period and cruised thereafter. This time, the Nets scored the first basket, but the Kings countered with a 20-4 run and took a 29-18 advantage into the second quarter.
Sacramento took a 54-45 edge into the second half, but New Jersey hung tough, climbing within three points on several occasions in the third and fourth quarters. But the Kings had an answer each time, keeping the Nets winless in Sacramento since November 30, 1997.
"We weren't embarrassed, (but) we lost both games," Nets guard Jason Kidd said. "We lost both games. There's nothing you can do about it. Win by 50, win by two, it's a loss. We played our hearts out."
Mike Bibby had 13 points and 10 assists and Vlade Divac and Doug Christie scored 11 points apiece for the Kings, who shot a season-high 59 percent (44-of-75) from the field and limited the Nets to 44 percent (38-of-87) en route to their 18th win in 20 games at Arco Arena.
"We knew New Jersey would come here and be aggressive and they did," Stojakovic said. "We were able to post up Chris and Vlade and take advantage of the inside game."
The Kings outscored the undersized Nets in the paint, 52-32.
Kidd scored 27 points to pace New Jersey but missed a wide-open 3-pointer that would have cut the deficit to 105-103 with 23 seconds remaining.
"We couldn't make stops and hit shots when we needed to," Kidd said. "They were the better team."
Richard Jefferson added 19 points, seven rebounds and three steals but could not help the Nets from falling to 0-2 on their five-game road trip.
"We're going to be all right," Jefferson said. "We shot the ball well. We weren't shooting the ball that bad. They were just on fire."
New Jersey got within 66-63 on a jumper by Kittles with 6 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter but Sacramento closed the quarter on an 18-7 run to take a 14-point advantage into the fourth quarter.
The Kings' lead was 89-78 before Kidd made a layup and a jumper, Martin 1-of-2 free throws and Jefferson a dunk that got the Nets to 89-86 with 7:31 left.
But Christie made a leaning bank shot over Jefferson 19 seconds later and the Nets got no closer than four points thereafter.
"A real solid win for us against a very good team," Adelman said. "After what happened in Jersey, that was kind of one of those games that happens very seldom and we knew this team was going to come at us. They kept making runs at us and we responded to all the runs and beat a very good team."
"I think they look at us as a team hopefully they meet somewhere down the line," Nets coach Byron Scott said. "I gotta give them a lot of credit. Sacramento's the best team in the league right now."