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Friday, March 21st (All times eastern)

Sacramento Kings (31-36) at San Antonio Spurs (44-23), 8:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - After showing signs of breaking out of a recent slump their last time out, the San Antonio Spurs shoot for back-to-back wins when the defending NBA champions host the Sacramento Kings tonight at the AT&T Center.

San Antonio had lost six times in seven outings and was mired in a four-game skid before rebounding with an impressive performance Thursday in Chicago. Tony Parker scored 23 points and handed out six assists as the Spurs posted a 102-80 rout of the Bulls at the United Center.

Tim Duncan had 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for San Antonio, while Ime Udoka chipped in 13 points off the bench.

The Spurs' slide has dropped them into third place in the powerful Southwest Division and the No. 6 slot in the Western Conference playoff race. San Antonio enters tonight's play trailing division leader New Orleans by 1 1/2 games and is one-half back of second-place Houston at the moment.

Sacramento is well out of the playoff picture but has been playing well as of late. The Kings recorded their fourth win in five games with Tuesday's 122-105 home decision over Golden State.

Kevin Martin poured in 34 points for Sacramento and Ron Artest netted 26, while the Kings shot an excellent 58 percent from the floor as a team. Mikki Moore (19 points, 10 rebounds) and Brad Miller (14 points, 13 rebounds) each posted double-doubles in the victory, as did Anthony Johnson, who finished with 13 points and 13 assists.

While the Kings have been on a mild roll, the club is still a lackluster 10-24 on the road this year. They've also had trouble winning in San Antonio over the years, having dropped seven of its last eight to the Spurs as the visitor in this series.

The Spurs have also emerged victorious in nine of the 11 most recent overall meetings between these clubs.

San Antonio is an outstanding 27-6 at the AT&T Center this season. Following tonight's test, the Spurs will play back-to-back tough road games at Dallas and Orlando.

03/21 10:29:15 ET

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