On This Date: Kings Eliminate Mavericks, Move On To Western Conference Finals
18 years ago today, Sacramento put the finishing touches on a 4-1 series win over Dallas
All athletic events will be on pause for the foreseeable future, which is a tough pill to swallow for sports fans around the world.
While this may be a rough time for Sacramento Kings fans, we can look back on some good times while we wait for basketball to make its return.
May 13, 2002 – NBA Western Conference Semifinals
Kings 114, Mavericks 101 (SAC wins series 4-1)
On this date 18 years ago, the Sacramento Kings moved on to the Western Conference Finals after defeated the Dallas Mavericks by a final score of 114-101 at Arco Arena.
With the win, Sacramento advanced to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 1981 when the Kansas City Kings faced the Houston Rockets.
Mike Bibby and Chris Webber each scored 23 points for the Kings, while Hedo Turkoglu had a strong game with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Vlade Divac scored 18 points and grabbed five rebounds in the win.
It was a well-rounded team effort for Sacramento as six players finished in double-figures.
Doug Christie and Bobby Jackson both scored 15 points, as Christie finished with seven rebounds and seven assists as well. Jackson dished six assists off of the bench to help the Kings advance, putting them only four wins away from an NBA Finals berth.
Next up for Sacramento in the Western Conference Finals: the Los Angeles Lakers.