Sacramento (28-9) at Los Angeles (16-21)

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  • Game info: 3:30 pm EST Mon Jan 19, 2004
  • TV: FSW2
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The Sacramento Kings have the best home and overall records in the NBA. They’ll try to climb above .500 on the road when they visit the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center.

Sacramento, 21-2 at Arco Arena, hasn’t been nearly as dominant on the road, splitting its first 14 games.

The Kings wrapped up a three-game road trip with their eighth win in nine games, blowing past the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers 103-83 Friday to open a three-game lead in the Pacific Division.

Peja Stojakovic had 23 points to lead the Kings in scoring for the seventh straight game. Mike Bibby added 21 points for Sacramento, which also got some good news on the injury front over the weekend.

Kings power forward Chris Webber, who is still recovering from offseason knee surgery, began to work out with the team. However, no date has been set for his potential return.

The Clippers have lost five of seven, including a 91-89 loss to the Lakers on Saturday. Elton Brand scored 35 points and grabbed 20 rebounds for the Clippers, who had a chance to pull out the win before Keyon Dooling’s 3-pointer at the buzzer rimmed out.

“I love how hard our guys play,” Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. “We don’t ever give up. Just when you think they should be knocked out of the box, they come back, and that’s a really good sign.”

Clippers guard Quentin Richardson will miss Monday’s game with a sprained right hand, and forward Bobby Simmons is out indefinitely with a hip injury suffered in Friday’s 87-85 loss to Miami.

Each of the Clippers’ last three losses have been by two points or fewer.

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