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On This Date: Webber, Kings Even Series Against Lakers

May 20, 2024, 10:17 AM | Updated: 10:18 am

(Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)...

(Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

While we wait for the NBA Draft and free agency process to begin in the coming weeks, let’s look back at some memorable Sacramento Kings moments that took place on this date in the past.

May 20, 2002 – NBA Western Conference Finals | Kings vs. Lakers

Kings 96, Lakers 90 (Series tied 1-1)

On the heels of a disappointing loss in Game 1, the Sacramento Kings bounced back in Game 2 as they defeated the Los Angeles Lakers by a final of 96-90 at Arco Arena.

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Chris Webber had an all-around incredible game, scoring 21 points to go along with 13 rebounds, five assists, two steals and five blocked shots.

Sacramento had five of its seven players finish in double-figures, with Mike Bibby scoring 20 points and dishing out eight assists while Bobby Jackson added 17 points off of the bench.

Vlade Divac scored 15 points and grabbed 14 rebounds before fouling out after 36 minutes. Doug Christie chipped in with 13 points to help the Kings even the series up at 1-1 before Game 3 would take the series to the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.

Shaquille O’Neal’s monster game wouldn’t be enough for the Lakers, as he finished with 35 points and 12 rebounds in the loss. Kobe Bryant scored 22 points on nine-of-21 (42%) shooting.

When is the next Sacramento Kings off-season date of interest?

The NBA Draft is now a two-night event.

Wednesday, June 26th, will act as the first night of the 2024 NBA Draft, where the Sacramento Kings will make their first-round selection (13th). The second round of the draft will be held on Thursday, June 27th, where the Kings will use its 45th overall pick.

Sacramento hasn’t had a first-round pick since 2022, when it selected Iowa product Keegan Murray with the fourth overall pick.

Stay locked into Sactown Sports for all of your Kings draft coverage, including player profiles, reports regarding pre-draft workouts, draft night coverage, and much more.

NBA Offseason Schedule

  • Wednesday, June 26-Thursday, June 27th – 2024 NBA Draft
  • Sunday, June 30th – Free Agent negotiating window opens (3 PM PST)
  • Saturday, July 6th – Free Agents can officially sign contracts
  • July 12-22nd – Las Vegas Summer League
  • July 27-August 11th – 2024 Olympic Games
  • Friday, September 27th – NBA training camps begin

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