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Sunday, March 6th (All times eastern)

Detroit Pistons (36-21) at Sacramento Kings (36-24), 3:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - For the first time since dealing Chris Webber to Philadelphia, the Sacramento Kings will be playing in front of their home crowd today, as they battle the Detroit Pistons at ARCO Arena.

Webber was dealt just prior to the deadline with the Kings in the midst of a six-game road trip. Although initial results after the trade were positive, Sacramento promptly lost its last three games on the swing and finished the trip just 2-4.

The Kings' woes continued on Friday in Miami, as they fell 104-83 to the Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena. Mike Bibby had 22 points and seven assists to lead the Kings in defeat.

Cuttino Mobley added 17 points, while Peja Stojakovic had 15 points and seven boards in the loss. Brian Skinner chipped in 11 rebounds and eight points in the game.

Skinner, Kenny Thomas and Corliss Williamson, who came from Philly in the Webber trade, will see a familiar face on the opposite bench today as they all have played for Detroit head coach Larry Brown. Williamson played for Brown in Detroit last season, while Skinner and Thomas were with Brown in Philadelphia.

Sacramento was without starting center Brad Miller, who missed his third consecutive game because of a sore calf. Miller is listed as questionable for this afternoon's contest.

The Kings shot just 42.7 percent from the field, including 2-of-12 (.167) from three-point range. Sacramento hit 11-of-15 (.733) from the free throw line in the contest.

Sacramento, at home for the first time since February 22, has won nine of 13 and 11 of its last 17 home tilts. The Kings are opening up a five-game homestand this evening. For the year, Sacramento owns a 20-8 mark within its friendly confines.

Detroit has hit the wall a bit at the tail-end of its six-game road trip. The Pistons have dropped two straight for the first time since a four-game skid in late January. Detroit slipped up on Friday in Seattle, falling 95-87 to the SuperSonics at KeyArena.

Richard Hamilton had 15 points for the Pistons, who coughed up a fourth- quarter lead for the second straight night. The Pistons fell to 3-2 on their current road trip. For the year, Detroit is 16-14 in foreign buildings.

Ben Wallace (12 points, 10 rebounds) and Rasheed Wallace (11 rebounds, 10 points) each posted double-doubles. Chauncey Billups added 13 points, while Ronald Dupree chipped in 12 and Carlos Arroyo posted 11.

In a rare occurrence, the Pistons were dominated, 49-33, on the glass in the loss. Detroit also made just 16-of-27 (.593) from the free throw line.

The Pistons re-signed veteran center Elden Campbell on Friday, but he's not expected to be back with the team until they return home on Wednesday.

Sacramento actually swept the defending champs in the regular season last year. The Kings have won 10 of 11 and 11 of the last 13 meetings overall in this series, including seven in a row at home.

03/06 10:07:30 ET


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