PORTLAND, Ore.— The Sacramento Kings put another game between them and second-place Portland, but the third quarter showed the gap is a lot wider than 4 1/2 games.
Peja Stojakovic scored 30 points and Chris Webber had 25 points, 15 rebounds and six assists as the Kings rode a dominant third quarter to a 113-104 win.
Mike Bibby added 23 points and eight assists for the Kings, who won their third in a row and eighth in 10 games.
The Kings put on a show in the third period, going 18-for-22 from the floor and befuddling Portland with an array of jumpers and drives that left the Blazers looking more like a lottery team than a top-tier playoff contender.
"I see that playoff swagger coming," Webber said. "We're coming together and getting our swagger back, talking to each other, getting each other pumped up and playing D."
Sacramento turned a four-point halftime deficit into a 16-point lead behind 42 points — a season-high both for the Kings offensively and Portland defensively.
"In the third quarter we just shot the heck out of the ball," Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "We just lit it up. We kind of got them on their heels and they didn't know what hit them."
Bibby, Webber and Stojakovic led the way, combining for 33 points in the period.
Stojakovic was 5-for-5 in the quarter, including 3-for-3 on 3-pointers.
"You should see him in practice," Webber said. "I've seen him so hot in practice that we had to stop practice because everything he throws up is going in and there's no reason to execute."
Rasheed Wallace had 31 points, six rebounds and four assists to lead the Blazers, who lost for the third time in five games and fell into a tie with Minnesota for fourth place in the Western Conference.
"The third quarter was bad," Portland coach Maurice Cheeks said. "What can I say?"
The Blazers made things interesting in the fourth, opening the quarter with a 9-2 run in the first two minutes, and following that with another 9-2 spurt to get within six points.
But in the end, the Blazers couldn't stop Webber and Stojakovic.
"They're a jump shot-shooting team," Blazers guard Antonio Daniels said. "What we can't allow to happen and what we did allow to happen is give them easy shots."
Doug Christie had 14 points and five rebounds for the Kings, whose starters accounted for 99 of the 113 points.
Portland closed the first quarter with a 15-4 run after a blistering opening six minutes by both teams.
When the first mandatory timeout came with 5:48 to go in the first, Portland was 9-for-11 from the floor while the Kings were 8-for-12. The up-and-down early action had a sellout crowd — including a sizable Sacramento rooting section — on its feet.
While both teams' shooting cooled off from there, the Kings went through an extended drought and fell behind by as many as 13 points, shooting just 39.6 percent for the half.
But Bibby kept Sacramento in the game with 10 second-quarter points and sparked a 7-0 run midway through the quarter to trim the deficit to three.
Wallace was nearly unstoppable in the first half, going 8-of-10 from the floor for 17 points. Derek Anderson had 11 points and five assists, and Damon Stoudamire had eight assists in the opening half, finishing with 11.
HAWKS 92, PACERS 89: At Atlanta, Theo Ratliff blocked a potential game-winning dunk by Jermaine O'Neal in the final seconds Saturday night to help the Atlanta Hawks to a 92-89 victory over Indiana, sending the Pacers to their 11th consecutive road loss.
With 6.4 seconds remaining and Atlanta leading 90-89, O'Neal took an inbounds pass at the top of key and drove down the left side of the lane past Shareef Abdur-Rahim. O'Neal jumped for a dunk, but Ratliff, who was guarding Brad Miller, instead moved in for his ninth block.
Dion Glover hit two free throws to end the scoring with six-tenths of a second remaining.
NETS 107, GRIZZLIES 99: At East Rutherford, N.J., Kerry Kittles scored 25 points, Jason Kidd had a season-high 18 assists and the New Jersey Nets rode a 64-point first half.
Kenyon Martin and Richard Jefferson added 17 points apiece for the Nets, who opened a 1 1/2-game lead over idle Philadelphia in the Atlantic Division.
Jason Williams had six 3-pointers, 24 points and 11 assists and Pau Gasol added 21 points for Memphis, which is still 12-9 since the All-Star break.
BUCKS 93, HORNETS 85: At Milwaukee, Sam Cassell scored 11 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter Saturday as the Milwaukee Bucks gave George Karl his 700th win as an NBA coach .
The Bucks (34-36) took a one-game lead on idle Washington for the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Baron Davis led New Orleans with 20 points and Jamal Mashburn scored 18. The Hornets shot 52 percent on Friday night in a 113-98 victory over Milwaukee, but struggled offensively Saturday. New Orleans shot just 40.5 percent from the field and missed nine of 19 free throws while turning the ball over 21 times.
BULLS 100, KNICKS 98: At Chicago, Eddy Curry scored a career-high 30 points and Jamal Crawford added 22 points and 10 assists.
The Knicks, trying to climb into the eighth playoff spot in the East, were playing their fourth game in five nights and shot only 39 percent.
The Bulls' fresher and younger legs were evident, especially those of Curry and Crawford in the fourth quarter when Chicago held off a late rally.
Jalen Rose scored 16 points and Tyson Chandler added 13 points and 13 rebounds for Chicago. Crawford, who shot 10-of-15, just missed a triple-double with nine rebounds.
MAVERICKS 102, SUNS 95: At Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki scored 16 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter despite foul trouble, and Steve Nash had 27 points and 13 assists.
The Mavericks improved their league-best record to 52-17.
Shawn Marion had 21 points and 18 rebounds to lead the Suns, while Penny Hardaway had a season-high 21 points and Stephon Marbury added 20.
The Mavs trailed by seven entering the fourth quarter, but went ahead for good at 79-76 with 10:28 left on consecutive 3-pointers from Nowitzki and Walt Williams.
NUGGETS 90, CELTICS 80: At Denver, Juwan Howard had 27 points and seven rebounds to lead the Denver Nuggets to their first win over the Boston Celtics in their last nine meetings.
Howard shot 11-for-18 and Nene Hilario added 16 points for the Nuggets, who last beat the Celtics on Nov. 15, 1996 in Boston. Denver snapped a four-game losing streak.