Sacramento (20-7) at Golden State (13-13)

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  • Game info: 10:30 pm EST Fri Dec 26, 2003
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Peja Stojakovic will rejoin the Sacramento Kings after a one-game suspension as they look for their 16th straight win against the Golden State Warriors when the teams meet at The Arena in Oakland.

Stojakovic scored a career-high 41 points in Tuesday’s 114-97 win over the Memphis Grizzlies, becoming at the time the NBA’s second-leading scorer with 24.9 points per game. However, the Serbian All-Star also brushed against an official, earning the first one-game suspension of his career.

“I overreacted on that,” Stojakovic said. “I apologized to him at halftime.”

Without Stojakovic, who has scored in double figures in each of his 26 games this season, the Kings lost 111-103 to the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday, dropping just their second home game of the season.

“I think if we had had Peja, it would have been a different story,” said Vlade Divac, who scored 21 points. “We would have been guarding them differently. The problem was in the second half. They started to make 3’s.”

Mike Bibby scored 23 points for the Kings, who lost for just the third time in 19 games.

“Our guys played really hard, but the Mavericks were just great shooting the 3 in the second half,” Sacramento coach Rick Adelman said. “It was somebody different each time. We had our chances, but they just made so many shots that we didn’t have an answer for.”

Sacramento will try to bounce back and keep up their domination against the Warriors. The Kings have won 15 straight meetings since a 111-99 loss at Oakland on Dec. 20, 1999.

The Warriors are coming off a 107-98 win over the Los Angles Lakers on Tuesday—their third win in five games.

Clifford Robinson scored a season-high 24 points, Speedy Claxton added 19, and Erick Dampier had 17 points and 11 rebounds for Golden State, which rebounded from consecutive road losses to Miami and Orlando.

“It’s a good win, but we also have to keep in mind we just had two bad losses,” Robinson said. “That’s the kind of game we’re capable of playing when everybody gives everything they have.

“We’ve been searching for that for about 26 games now. Hopefully we can embrace what we put out on the floor tonight.”

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