Golden State (25-36) at Sacramento (46-16)

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  • Game info: 10:00 pm EST Tue Mar 9, 2004
  • TV: FSBA
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The Sacramento Kings have played down to the level of their competition in their last two games.

The Kings will look to play a complete 48 minutes when they take on the visiting Golden State Warriors.

A loss to Miami on Saturday was followed by a poor first half against Orlando on Sunday, before Peja Stojakovic keyed an important third-quarter run as the Kings cruised to a 107-90 victory over the Magic.

The Kings cut a 10-point deficit to one going into halftime, and carried over the momentum with a 12-0 stretch in the third.

“We decided to play with a lot more emotion and energy, and that carried over to the third,” said Brad Miller, who shot 7-for-13 from the field. “When we get on a roll, we get on a roll.”

Kings coach Rick Adelman gave Chris Webber the day off to rest his surgically repaired left knee. Webber, who scored 22 points in 32 minutes in the loss to Miami, was not happy with the decision.

“Whatever,” Webber told the Sacramento Bee. “I wanted to play, but whatever. (My knee) felt better (Sunday) than it did (Saturday), so from that standpoint, I know I can play back-to-backs now.

“I’m ready to go back to what I was doing before.”

The Kings, who are averaging a league-leading 104.7 points per game, hope to get back to playing with consistency.

The Warriors have only seven wins on the road this season, and are beginning a four-game trip at one of the toughest venues in the league.

Golden State is coming in off its fifth straight loss, 95-85 to Memphis on Sunday.

Jason Richardson scored 17 points and Clifford Robinson had 15 for the Warriors, who have been without injured point guards Speedy Claxton and Nick Van Exel.

Erick Dampier had 13 points and 11 rebounds in his fourth strong game of the season against the Grizzlies, who attempted to acquire him at the trade deadline.

“It is a dilemma right now without a point guard,” Warriors coach Eric Musselman said. “There is no question that we’re struggling against defensive pressure and in handling the ball. The guys are trying, but it remains difficult without a true point guard.”

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