Weekend poll: Who is the Kings' biggest lottery-pick bust?

Leading Off: Second half of Kings' reign still had pain

Published: Sunday, Apr. 14, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Monday, Apr. 15, 2013 - 2:21 pm

Though there were few highlights in the Kings' first 14 seasons in Sacramento, their fortunes turned dramatically when Rick Adelman was hired as coach before the lockout-shortened 1998-99 season.

With a starting lineup featuring Chris Webber, Vlade Divac and Jason Williams, the Kings had their first of eight consecutive winning seasons.

Here are other memorable moments from the Kings' last 14 seasons in Sacramento:

Big-shot Bob: It's the most memorable shot in team history, and Kings fans still hate the Los Angeles Lakers' Robert Horry for his winning three-point basket in Game 4 of the 2002 Western Conference finals May 26 at Staples Center. The Kings led by 24 points, but instead of returning to Sacramento up 3-1, the series was tied 2-2.

Big-shot Bibby: Two days after Horry's game winner, Mike Bibby's jumper with 8.2 seconds left gave the Kings a 92-91 victory at Arco Arena and put them within one victory of the franchise's first NBA Finals since 1951.

Whistle madness: Kings fans will always think of Game 6, on May 31, 2002, as the one stolen by officials, who called 31 fouls against Sacramento that sent the Lakers to the line 40 times in their 106-102 victory at Staples. The Lakers won Game 7 112-106 in overtime at Arco.

C-Webb goes down: Webber badly injuried his knee in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals at Dallas on May 8, 2003. The Kings lost the series in seven games, and Webber was never the same.

Evans' miracle shot: Tyreke Evans made a 50-foot shot at the buzzer to give the Kings a 100-98 victory over Memphis on Dec. 29, 2010, at Arco, then jumped on the scorer's table to celebrate.

Kings of comeback: After the Kings fell behind by 35 points midway through the third quarter at Chicago, Evans led a roaring comeback on Dec. 21, 2009. The Kings outscored the Bulls 58-19 over the final 21 minutes of a 102-98 win.

Weekend poll

Who is the Kings' biggest lottery-pick bust?

• Joe Kleine

• Pervis Ellison

• Bobby Hurley

• Spencer Hawes

• Thomas Robinson

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