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Sacramento earns 17th straight home victory

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The Sacramento Kings built another big
lead in coasting to their eighth straight victory.

Peja Stojakovic scored 25 points in Sacramento's 105-92 victory
over New Jersey on Sunday night, the Kings' 17th win in a row at
home and 24th straight at Arco Arena against Eastern Conference
teams.

Sacramento, 10-0 at home this season, led 60-28 at the half, two
nights after taking a 54-28 halftime lead over Houston en route to
a 29-point victory.

"Obviously the first half we were just terrific at both ends of
the court," Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "We passed the ball so
well and we were so unselfish. We really did a nice job
defensively."

The Kings haven't lost to an Eastern Conference team at home
since falling to Indiana on March 3, 2002.

"Eastern teams only come here once a year and don't have a feel
for playing here," said Brad Miller, who came to Sacramento in an
offseason trade with Indiana. "I think they get caught up in the
crowd and the noise and just don't play well."

Miller certainly played well, scoring 20 points and finishing
with 11 rebounds. Vlade Divac added 15 points, seven rebounds and
eight assists, Mike Bibby scored 14 points and Doug Christie had
12.

Stojakovic made all three 3-point attempts and scored 17
first-half points. New Jersey shot 29 percent (13-of-45) in the
half and were outscored 29-12 in the second period.

"I can't explain how we came out," Nets coach Byron Scott
said. "We didn't have the type of energy that you would think that
we would have at the beginning of the game. We played with no sense
of urgency in the first half."

Rodney Rogers led New Jersey with 23 points, Kenyon Martin had
18, and Jason Kidd added 13 points and 10 assists.

New Jersey, down 60-28 at halftime, cut the lead to 12 points
several times in the fourth quarter, but could get no closer in
losing its second straight game.

The Nets outscored Sacramento 38-27 in the third quarter, but
still trailed 87-66.

"The one thing you can pull from it was we didn't throw in the
towel," Kidd said.

Stojakovic made all three of his 3-point attempts and scored 17
first-half points for Sacramento. New Jersey shot 29 percent
(13-of-45) in the half and was outscored 29-12 in the second
period.

"We put a lot of energy into our defense in the first half,"
Stojakovic said. "We put pressure on their shooters. We gave them
easy opportunities, uncontested shots in the second half and they
made them."

Game notes
The Kings started the game with assists on their first 13
baskets, and had 20 in the first half. ... Sacramento held an
opponent to 28 first-half points for the second straight game. ...
New Jersey made 17 of its first 21 shots in the third quarter.