Miami (15-22) at Sacramento (26-9)

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  • Game info: 10:00 pm EST Tue Jan 13, 2004
  • TV: WBFS
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Peja Stojakovic and the NBA-leading Sacramento Kings go for their seventh win in eight games when they take on the Miami Heat at Arco Arena.

Stojakovic put together another strong performance with 33 points and eight rebounds to lead the Kings to a 117-106 win over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday.

The 6-foot-10 swingman, third in the league with 25.1 points per game, reached 30 points for the third time in 10 games to help Sacramento win its 14th straight home game over the Nuggets.

“It was a shootout, a great game,” Stojakovic said. “They’re a good team. They’re going to get a playoff spot, I think. It’s a lot different from playing them last year.”

The Kings, who lead the league with 105.5 points per game, were actually slowed a bit on offense after averaging 111.4 points over their previous five.

Brad Miller had 14 points and five rebounds before getting ejected with 7:03 left, snapping his consecutive double-double streak at five. Miller has posted a double-double in 11 of the last 14 games after picking up just eight over the Kings’ first 21.

In front of the 200th consecutive sellout crowd at Arco, the longest current streak in the NBA, Sacramento extended its Pacific Division lead to a season-high three games over the Los Angeles Lakers.

“It’s a good win, but we weren’t consistent,” Sacramento coach Rick Adelman said. “We did a good job at times tonight, and then we’d give them four or five easy baskets.”

The Kings, a league-best 19-2 at home, play their second on a three-game homestand that closes against the Lakers on Friday.

The Heat have gotten off to a poor start on a six-game road trip with back-to-back losses at Milwaukee and Minnesota.

Miami fought hard but came away with an 83-77 loss to the Timberwolves on Saturday to fall to 1-9 against the Western Conference. The team’s next four on the trip all come against the Western teams, including Utah, the L.A. Clippers and the Nuggets.

“We stuck with them the entire game and had a good chance to win,” said Brian Grant, who scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds against the Timberwolves. “If we play this hard against the rest of the teams on the road, we’ll give ourselves a chance.”

Lamar Odom added 15 points and 11 rebounds while Eddie Jones, leading the team with 18.1 points per game, was just 2-for-16 from the floor for eight points.

STANDINGS (through Jan. 11): Heat - 4th place, 6 GB, Atlantic Division. Kings - 1st place, Pacific Division.

PROBABLE STARTERS: Heat - F Caron Butler, F Odom, C Grant, G Rafer Alston, G Jones. Kings - F Stojakovic, F Miller, C Vlade Divac, G Mike Bibby, G Doug Christie.

TEAM LEADERS: Heat - Jones, 18.1 ppg; Odom, 9.3 rpg; Dwayne Wade, 4.4 apg. Kings - Stojakovic, 25.1 ppg; Miller, 10.6 rpg; Bibby, 5.6 apg.

2002-03 SEASON SERIES: Tied, 1-1.

LAST MEETING: Jan. 5; Kings, 96-70. At Sacramento, Calif., Keon Clark started in place of an injured Chris Webber and narrowly missed a triple-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds and eight blocked shots.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Heat - 4-16 on the road; Kings - 19-2 at home.

INJURIES: Heat - G Wade (wrist); F Udonis Haslem (knee); G Bimbo Coles (quadriceps). Kings - F Lawrence Funderburke (achilles); F Webber (knee).

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