April 14, 2011 |
Kobe Bryant's late three-point basket Wednesday night changed just about everything for the Lakers, sparing their fans a demon dose of angst heading into the playoffs. … Without it, the Lakers fall to No. 3 in the West, face the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round instead of the New Orleans Hornets and probably open the second round at Dallas. … It could reverberate for weeks. … Bryant, on the Lakers' blowing a 20-point fourth-quarter lead against Marcus Thornton and the Sacramento Kings in what may have been the last NBA game played in the state capital: "I guess some of the ghosts from the past are still haunting us. " … The building known as Arco Arena during the Kings' Chris Webber -led heyday ranks among the best in the NBA to watch a game, its intimacy creating a collegiate atmosphere.
February 28, 2011 |
Reporting from Sacramento The signs were carefully, almost lovingly, arranged in strategic, TV-friendly positions throughout the arena before the Clippers-Kings game here Monday night. DON'T BE L.A.! BEAT L.A.! The Kings took care of the latter command, beating the Clippers, 105-99, at Arco Arena, ruining the debut of the two newest Clippers, point guard Mo Williams and small forward Jamario Moon. Here, though, the focal points were the three Kings and co-owners, the brothers Maloof, sitting in the front row across from the Sacramento bench, looking happier and more engaged as the game progressed.
February 21, 2011 |
If you have to kiss a lot of amphibians to find a prince, you have to woo a lot of NBA teams to win one's heart. With March 1 the deadline to file for relocation, Sacramento Kings owners Joe and Gavin Maloof are maintaining a stony silence about their intentions. This suggests two possibilities for Anaheim with its NBA-ready arena, after months of discussions with the Maloofs, who reportedly visited two weeks ago: It's Plan A, with the Maloofs giving Sacramento a last chance.
December 27, 2010 |
Shades of Derrick Rose. Only this time it was last season's rookie of the year, Sacramento's Tyreke Evans, missing a final free throw against the Clippers, the ball glancing off the rim with 1.9 seconds remaining. FOR THE RECORD: Clippers caption: The caption with a photograph from the Clippers' victory over the Sacramento Kings in the Dec. 28 Sports section misidentified the Clippers player pictured, who had just grabbed a rebound while surrounded by Kings players. The Clippers player was Al-Farouq Aminu, not Willie Warren.
October 19, 2010 |
Tyreke Evans scored 17 points, including a go-ahead driving layup with 1.9 seconds to play, and the Sacramento Kings overcame an early 19-point deficit to beat the Clippers 96-94 on Tuesday night in a preseason game. Chris Kaman had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Clippers (1-7) before fouling out with 2:28 remaining and the score tied at 87. Baron Davis had 15 points and eight assists. The Clippers lost their final six preseason games. Their only win came against Sacramento 93-3)
April 7, 2010
Clippers tonight AT SACRAMENTO When: 7 Where: Arco Arena. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980. Records: Clippers 27-51, Kings 24-54. Record vs. Kings: 1-2. Update: A tale of two losing streaks with the NBA season winding down. The Kings have lost eight straight games and are 1-9 in their last 10. — Lisa Dillman