Utah (29-30) at Sacramento (42-14)

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  • Game info: 10:00 pm EST Fri Feb 27, 2004
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Peja Stojakovic and the NBA-best Sacramento Kings will try to complete a season sweep of the Utah Jazz as the teams meet at Arco Arena.

Sacramento, which went 17 seasons from 1983-2000 without winning a season series from Utah, is looking to sweep the Jazz for the second time in three seasons.

The Kings have won five straight games against the Jazz and 12 of 13.

Stojakovic, a three-time All-Star, has averaged 30.3 points on 50 percent shooting (26-for-52) in the first three meetings against the Jazz this season. He got off to a slow start against them on Dec. 28, but scored 20 of his 37 points in the final quarter to lead the Kings to a 98-89 home win. He finished 10-of-22 from the field and 13-of-14 on free throws.

“We left Peja open and he’s prolific with scoring,” Utah guard Raja Bell said. “That’s a guy who once you get him down, you have to keep him down. And we didn’t do that.”

Stojakovic, averaging a career-best 25.5 points—third-best in the league— had 37 points as the Kings pulled out a 103-101 road victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday.

Stojakovic also had nine rebounds and was 12-for-18 from the field, including 7-of-11 from 3-point range. He has made 63 percent (32-for-51) of his 3-point attempts over his last seven games.

Mike Bibby, who is also having a career year with 18.1 points a game, is averaging 27 points over his last three games. The point guard had 31 points, eight rebounds and seven assists on Thursday.

The Kings, who have won four straight and eight of nine, extended their lead over the Lakers to six games in the Pacific Division.

Sacramento is an NBA-best 25-4 at home this season and has been the league’s best home team over the past five seasons.

“We don’t like people to come into our building and beat us,” Bibby said.

Since losing four of five, the Jazz have won two in a row, including a 93-92 overtime victory at Seattle on Wednesday to open this two-game trip.

Andrei Kirilenko had 24 points, seven rebounds and three blocks to lead the Jazz, who pulled within 3 1/2 games of Denver for the final playoff spot.

“I’m just trying to be a good player,” said Kirilenko, a third-year forward from Russia. “I’m just trying to be all-around. I’m just trying to help my team win the game.”

Kirilenko, a first-time All-Star this season, has averaged 24 points on 51 percent (29-for-57) over his last four games.

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