Kings Rout Wizards, 99-80
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) _ Peja Stojakovic had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Doug Christie had 16 points and 12 rebounds as the Sacramento Kings opened a seven-game homestand with a 99-80 victory over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night.
Michael Jordan, in his first game since his celebratory All-Star weekend in Atlanta, had 12 points on 5-of-19 shooting before sitting out the fourth quarter. Barry Bonds, Jerry Rice and Tim Brown all watched Jordan’s final Sacramento appearance from courtside.
Vlade Divac had 13 points, joining six Kings scoring in double figures, as Sacramento won for the third time in seven games since Chris Webber sprained his ankle on Jan. 28. Sacramento jumped to a 25-point lead in the third quarter and beat Washington at home for the fifth straight time.
The rest of the Wizards shot just as poorly as Jordan, though they made three of their final four shots to finish with 29.9 percent shooting _ three-tenths better than their worst shooting game of the season.
Jordan had eight points in the first quarter, but he didn’t score again until hitting a jumper with 5:08 left in the third _ part of Washington’s 11 points in the quarter on 4-of-25 shooting.