Kings 102, Celtics 99
Feb. 18, 1998
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) _ Mitch Richmond scored 23 points and rookie Anthony Johnson had a career-high 21 as the Sacramento Kings held off the shorthanded Boston Celtics 102-99 Tuesday night.
Boston guards Chauncey Billups and Dee Brown were in the original starting lineup but did not play. It was possible that the pair, along with reserve forward Roy Rogers, were about to be traded.
It was the fourth straight win for the Kings, matching their season-high. Sacramento led by as many as 21 points in the third quarter in winning for the 11th time in 13 tries at home.
Dana Barros made a long jumper and two layups, twice pulling the Celtics with three points in the final 1:27.
Corliss Williamson, who finished with 21 points, made a basket and a free throw in the final 55 seconds to help thwart Boston's comeback attempt.
Walter McCarty scored 20 points for the Celtics, who lost for the fourth time in five games. Antoine Walker had 17 points and 17 rebounds and Ron Mercer also had 17 points.