Kings, Pistons even series

Published 12:00 am Monday, May 17, 2004

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Mike Bibby had 16 points, 10 assists, five rebounds and three steals and the energetic Sacramento Kings used an inspired effort to survive elimination, beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 104-87 in Game 6 of their second-round series Sunday.

The deciding Game 7 is Wednesday night in Minneapolis.

Peja Stojakovic finally found his shot, scoring 22 points and swishing a long 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer that gave Sacramento the momentum in another testy affair between these teams.

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Chris Webber, who guaranteed the Kings would force a Game 7, had 14 points, seven rebounds and three assists.

Doug Christie had 16 points and sparked a strong defensive effort against league MVP Kevin Garnett and company.

Latrell Sprewell scored 27 points and Garnett added 19, 10 rebounds and five assists for the Timberwolves, who are trying to reach their first Western Conference finals.

Pistons 81, Nets 75

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Richard Hamilton pump-faked Jason Kidd off his feet and drilled a clutch 18-footer with 15.5 seconds remaining, capping a 24-point performance that kept the season alive for the Pistons.

Hamilton's shot, Ben Wallace's rebounding and the Pistons refusal to quit added up to victory over the New Jersey Nets, evening their Eastern Conference semifinal series at three games apiece.

After two blowout victories and one close win for each team, the series will be decided on the Pistons' home court. Game 7 is Thursday night, the winner advancing to the Eastern Conference finals beginning next Saturday.

New Jersey will be looking to make it there for the third straight year, while Detroit will try to get there for the second consecutive season.