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Sunday, January 2nd (All times eastern)

San Antonio Spurs (25-6) at Sacramento Kings (18-9), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The San Antonio Spurs try to make it six straight wins this evening when they wrap up a three-game road trip against the Sacramento Kings at ARCO Arena.

On Friday, Tim Duncan posted 23 points and eight rebounds to lead San Antonio to a 98-79 win over the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center. Tony Parker scored 21 points and dished out 11 assists for the Spurs, who have won 10 of their last 11 and at 25-6 are within a game of Phoenix (25-4) for the NBA's best record..

The Spurs had 24 or more assists for the fourth straight game and improved to 15-0 this season when reaching 24 dimes.

San Antonio, which will begin a three-game homestand following tonight's contest, is 11-5 away from home this season.

Sacramento, meanwhile, has struggled of late, but comes into tonight's contest on a winning note after Peja Stojakovic scored a game-high 26 points and Chris Webber added 25 to lead the Kings to a 109-102 victory over Utah on Friday at the Delta Center.

Mike Bibby finished with 17 points and nine assists while Brad Miller racked up 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Kings dominated the second half to snap a two-game losing streak.

Sacramento, which will hit the road for four games following tonight's contest, has been solid at home this season, but not as good as in recent years, despite an 11-4 mark. The Kings haven't lost more than eight home games in any of the last four regular seasons, including a 34-7 mark in 2003-04.

Also a loss tonight by Sacramento would give it its first three-game slide at home since April of 2000.

San Antonio defeated the Kings earlier in the year and has won three of the last four and six of the last eight meetings. The Spurs have won at least once in Sacramento in six of the last seven seasons, going 8-6 in that span.

01/02 10:14:23 ET


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