Minnesota (10-8) at Sacramento (12-4)

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  • Game info: 10:30 pm EST Fri Dec 5, 2003
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The Sacramento Kings look for their 11th straight win at home and their ninth in a row overall when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Sacramento has begun the 2003-04 season with 10 straight victories at Arco Arena, and has won 17 straight regular-season home games since a 129-123 overtime loss to the Dallas Mavericks on March 16.

The Kings extended their overall winning streak to eight on Sunday, beating the two-time defending Eastern Conference champion New Jersey Nets 105-92.

Sacramento, the NBA’s highest-scoring team, put on an offensive clinic in the first half, shooting 56 percent and recording 20 assists to take a 60-28 lead at the break.

Peja Stojakovic made all three 3-point attempts and scored 17 of his game-high 25 points in the first half for the Kings, who are in the midst of an eight-game homestand.

“The way we played, I think it really shows how well we can play,” Kings coach Rick Adelman said. “We won another game at home, we want to just keep it going.”

The Kings will be looking to keep their streak going against a Minnesota team they have beaten six straight times at Arco Arena since the 2000-01 season.

The Wolves, however, have won two of their first three on a five-game road trip.

Minnesota began its season-high trip with a 102-98 win over the Memphis Grizzlies, but then fell 92-88 to the Mavericks.

The Wolves rebounded on Wednesday with a 92-79 win over the Phoenix Suns as the trio of Kevin Garnett, Sam Cassell and Latrell Sprewell helped Minnesota pull away in the fourth quarter.

Cassell scored 16 of his 27 points in the final period, Garnett went 4-for-7 in the fourth to finish with 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Sprewell scored 21 for the Wolves.

“We just learned how to work this three-headed monster,” Garnett said. “This three-headed monster has one tongue and two eyes but somehow it works.”

STANDINGS (through Dec. 3): Timberwolves - 5th place, 2 GB, Midwest Division. Kings - 2nd place, 2 GB, Pacific Division.

PROBABLE STARTERS: Timberwolves - F Garnett, F Sprewell, C Michael Olowokandi, G Trenton Hassell, G Cassell. Kings - F Brad Miller, F Stojakovic, C Vlade Divac, G Doug Christie, G Mike Bibby.

TEAM LEADERS: Timberwolves - Garnett, 22.8 ppg and 14.0 rpg; Cassell, 7.2 apg. Kings - Stojakovic, 23.3 ppg; Miller, 9.9 rpg; Bibby, 6.4 apg.

SEASON SERIES: Kings, 1-0.

LAST MEETING: Nov. 5; Kings, 125-121, OT. At Minneapolis, Stojakovic scored 26 of his 34 points after halftime, when the Kings went 22-for-38 from the field, 6-for-7 behind the 3-point line and 14-for-15 on free throws.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Timberwolves - 6-4 on the road; Kings - 10-0 at home.

INJURIES: Timberwolves - G-F Wally Szczerbiak (foot); G Troy Hudson (ankle); F Mark Madsen (back). Kings - F Chris Webber (knee); F Lawrence Funderburke (Achilles’); F Gerald Wallace (knee).

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