John Salmons

Salmons helps rally Kings past Jazz

SACRAMENTO, Calif.- The Sacramento Kings finally won a home game Friday night, while the Utah Jazz continued their puzzling play on the road.

Kevin Martin had 21 points and John Salmons scored 17, including 11 in the final 3:49, to help rally the Kings to a 107-103 victory over struggling Utah.

Relying primarily on the versatile Salmons down the stretch, the Kings outscored Utah 32-21 in the fourth quarter, to snap a four-game losing streak.

"To make a long story short, we couldn't stop them in the fourth quarter," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. "We had the ball a couple of times coming down the stretch there to finish the ballgame and we weren't able to. I thought they got whatever they wanted every possession."

Kings' Salmons to start in place of Artest

According to Kings coach Eric Musselman, John Salmons will start in place of suspended teammate Ron Artest. It doesn't appear likely that Artest will return anytime soon, which could give Salmons value over the rest of the schedule. The fifth-year guard/forward has been productive as a starter this season


John Salmons Update

John Salmons started in place of injured Ron Artest (knee) and had 15 points, five rebounds, five assists, two steals and a three in a high-scoring win over the Bobcats.

Salmons hit just 3-of-5 shots on the night, but got to the line 10 times, connecting on eight freebies. He doesn't have much value when the Kings are at full strength, but if Artest is going to miss time with his knee injury, Salmons will be a good fantasy play.


Salmons returns with Kings, better stats

PHILADELPHIA -- John Salmons tried hard to be diplomatic when asked about former 76ers teammate Allen Iverson.

Salmons, a Philadelphia native, returned Monday night for the first time since he signed a five-year, $25.5 million contract with Sacramento last summer. He said he's happy with the Kings and he wanted to put his experience with the Sixers behind him. But Salmons couldn't resist. Not entirely.

"I'm happy for [the Sixers] now because all that stuff is over with," Salmons said. "They're just playing free."

Salmons was then asked if it was tough playing with Iverson. The two were together in Philadelphia for four seasons, during which Salmons averaged 5.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists.

John Salmons Update

John Salmons has emerged as the key man off the bench for the Kings, handed a larger role than he's ever had and responding with an improved A/T ratio and a career high in blocks.