Sacramento (9-10) at Golden State (10-11)

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  • Game info: 10:30 pm EST Tue Dec 12, 2006
  • TV: NBATV, FSBA
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The Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors were both riding high when they squared off earlier this season. Times have changed.

The bottom two teams in the Pacific Division look to get back on track when they meet Tuesday at Oracle Arena.

The Kings were 5-2 and riding a four-game winning streak entering their Nov. 16 matchup with Golden State, but lost 117-105. That defeat was the first of three straight and eight in 12 games for Sacramento.

The Warriors extended their winning streak to four games with that victory over the Kings (9-11) and tacked on one more win over Seattle. They have mustered just three victories in their last 11 games, however, and lost 117-115 to the SuperSonics on Sunday.

Baron Davis led seven Warriors (10-11) in double figures with 28 points and added 13 assists, but wasn’t on the court for the final 17 seconds.

“I took him out because we were in a foul situation and he had played a lot of minutes and we didn’t have an opportunity to put him back in for the final seconds,” said Warriors coach Don Nelson, whose team blew a 72-56 halftime lead.

Davis, who had five fouls, didn’t take a shot in the game’s final 6:21 and left the arena without speaking to the media. The Warriors’ point guard had a season-high tying 36 points and a career-best 18 assists against Sacramento earlier this season, while Mickael Pietrus added 26 points.

Golden State has won eight of its last 12 meetings with the Kings following a 15-game losing streak in the series.

Sacramento did manage to snap a season-high five-game losing skid with a 117-92 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday. Center Brad Miller, who missed eight games earlier this season with an injured foot, scored a season-high 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting.

“I’m trying to be more aggressive, work my way back and play my game,” Miller said. “I felt like it was a game where we needed to come out and play well, which we did.”

The Kings set season highs in points scored and shooting percentage (57.3), and matched their best with 25 assists against the Hawks, who were playing without leading scorer Joe Johnson. Corliss Williamson added a season-high 18 points and Mike Bibby had 16 points for the Kings, who had lost three of their previous four games—all by three points or fewer.

Sacramento won despite being outrebounded—41-29—for the ninth time in the last 11 games. The Kings will try to avoid their fourth straight loss on the road, where they are 2-6 this season.

The Warriors began the season 6-1 at home, but have since dropped four of their last seven at Oracle Arena.

Kings forward Kenny Thomas was sick Sunday, but is expected back in the starting lineup on Tuesday. Golden State will likely still be without swingman Jason Richardson, who has been sidelined the last week with a bone bruise in his left knee.

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