Chicago (21-27) at Sacramento (21-27)

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  • Game info: 10:30 pm EST Thu Feb 9, 2006
  • TV: TNT
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The Sacramento Kings have once again established their formidable home-court advantage.

They’ll try to win their seventh straight at ARCO Arena as they host the Chicago Bulls.

The Kings beat the Memphis Grizzlies 104-96 on Tuesday for their third win in four games overall. Sacramento has not lost at home since Jan. 8, when it fell 108-83 to the Indiana Pacers.

The Kings have scored at least 96 points in each of their last six home games. They had lost eight of 11 at ARCO—one of the most raucous arenas in the league—before their current streak.

“It was just a really good win to get,” coach Rick Adelman said. “It has to help our confidence and make us realize that we can be a good team if we keep playing the way we we’re playing.”

Ron Artest, who was acquired from Indiana for Peja Stojakovic last month in the latest move for a team that has almost completely overhauled its roster, said he likes playing in Sacramento.

“Sac is different. I love Indiana, but it’s different out here,” Artest said. “The crowd is unbelievable. When I was in Indy, the crowd fed off me. Here, sometimes I wasn’t even in the game, and they were going crazy.”

Sacramento has reached the playoffs the last seven seasons, but currently is 12th in the Western Conference and last in the Pacific Division.

Brad Miller scored 22 points Tuesday, including two straight 3-pointers late in the game, despite an injured right thumb that sidelined him the previous three games. Kevin Martin added 22 points for Sacramento.

“It wasn’t bad until they repeatedly smacked (my thumb) in the fourth quarter,” said Miller, who scored 12 of the Kings’ final 14 points and had 10 rebounds.

The Bulls snapped a four-game losing streak Wednesday with a 110-107 win over the Denver Nuggets. Ben Gordon scored 30 points, and Darius Songaila added 21 off the bench for Chicago, which is playing the sixth game of a seven-game road trip.

The Bulls, who had won four straight and five of six before their losing streak, are in ninth place in the Eastern Conference, 2 1/2 games behind the Philadelphia 76ers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.

Chicago beat Sacramento 107-102 on Feb. 15 last season in the last meeting between the teams, ending an 11-game losing streak to the Kings. The victory was the Bulls’ first in the series since Feb. 28, 1998.

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