Atlanta (10-25) at Sacramento (23-8)

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  • Game info: 10:00 pm EST Tue Jan 6, 2004
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The NBA’s best offensive team comes off its finest performance of the season as the Sacramento Kings try to win for the eighth time in 10 games when they host the Atlanta Hawks at Arco Arena.

The Kings, leading the league with 105.4 points per game, posted season highs in points, shooting percentage (58.4) and assists (37) in a 130-99 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics on Sunday.

Peja Stojakovic hit six 3-pointers and finished with 24 points, while sixth-man Bobby Jackson had 21 points and seven assists to help Sacramento improve on the league’s best record.

“They beat us in all facets of the game,” Sonics guard Ray Allen said.

Brad Miller continued his standout season with 16 points and 11 rebounds for his eighth double-double in the last 10 games. The 7-footer has been the key as Sacramento’s frontcourt overcomes the absence of All-Star forward Chris Webber, who continues a slow recovery from offseason knee surgery.

“We have so many good players, that’s what makes it fun,” Miller said.

The Kings, an NBA-best 17-2 at home, play five of the next seven games at Arco before closing the month with seven of eight on the road.

“We knew we have a tough month coming up, and we had to raise our energy level tonight,” Kings coach Rick Adelman said.

The Hawks improved to 2-1 on a six-game road trip with an 84-76 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday.

Stephen Jackson keyed a 13-2 fourth-quarter run and scored a season-high 25 points to lead Atlanta, which lost nine straight on the road prior to its current road trip.

“I hate to say this now, but I’m starting to feel comfortable,” said Jackson, who joined the Hawks as a free agent after winning a championship with San Antonio last season. “I am out there playing hard, I have figured out where I can get my shots, and what shots coach wants me to take on offense.”

Jackson is averaging 17.3 points over the last four games after scoring a season-low two in a 109-79 loss at New Orleans on Dec. 26.

The win was just the third in 13 games for the Hawks, who are 5-15 away from home this season and have won consecutive road games only twice since 2001-02.

Atlanta’s road trip continues against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on Friday before closing Saturday at Delta Center against the Utah Jazz.

STANDINGS (through Jan. 4): Hawks - 8th place, 15 GB, Central Division. Kings - 1st place (tied), Pacific Division.

PROBABLE STARTERS: Hawks - F Jackson, F Shareef Abdur-Rahim, C Theo Ratliff, G Jason Terry, G Boris Diaw. Kings - F Stojakovic, F Miller, C Vlade Divac, G Doug Christie, G Mike Bibby.

TEAM LEADERS: Hawks - Abdur-Rahim, 19.9 ppg and 9.6 rpg; Terry, 5.1 apg. Kings - Stojakovic, 24.9 ppg; Miller, 10.6 rpg; Bibby, 5.5 apg.

SEASON SERIES: Kings, 1-0.

LAST MEETING: Dec. 19; Kings, 98-86. At Atlanta, Stojakovic scored 31 points and Miller added 17 points and 12 rebounds as the Kings handed the Hawks their sixth straight loss.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Hawks - 5-15 on the road; Kings - 17-2 at home.

INJURIES: Hawks - F Obinna Ekezie (knee); G Terrell Brandon (knee). Kings - F Webber (knee); F Lawrence Funderburke (heel).

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