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April 3, 2009
Opening tip: Payback alert

Kings (16-58) at Phoenix (41-34)
Scoring: Kings 11th (100.94), Suns 2nd (109.05)
Shooting: Kings 24rd (44.9 percent), Suns 1st (50.5)
Scoring defense: Kings 29th (109.09), Suns 27th (107.18)
Shooting defense: Kings 30th (48.4 percent), Suns 22rd (46.5)
Rebound differential: Kings 29th (minus-5.01), Suns 10th (plus-0.89)
The link: Suns coverage in The Arizona Republic. Kings coverage in The Bee (story on Natt's chances of returning, game preview).

The almanac: On this date in 1998, Michael Jordan scored 41 points to become the third player in NBA history to reach 29,000 career points as the Chicago Bulls beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 107-93.
Jordan joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain as the only players to score 29,000. Jordan needed 14 points to reach the plateau. At the time of that Bulls' win, Chicago had a 57-17 record.

Quick Hit - I want to congratulate Sam and Emily Amick, who welcomed their second son, Landon McKnight Amick, into the world this morning.

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It has been five days since the Kings defeated the Phoenix Suns. Five days.
But here in Phoenix, that 126-118 loss is considered old news. That was part of the old season, which is how the Suns are describing their first 74 games.
They have declared a "new season" since losing to the last placed Kings, according to The Arizona Republic.
The Suns are 1-0 since that declaration after defeating the Houston Rockets as they pursue the final Western Conference playoff spot.
And already this "new season" has more good news for the Suns. Leandro Barbosa will likely return tonight against the Kings after missing the last seven games with a tibial bone bruise in his left knee.
Barbosa is averaging 14.3 points this season.
This could all spell disaster for the Kings. Phoenix is out for revenge. The Kings are coming off two losses decided by late game defensive mistakes.
During the Kings' last visit to Phoenix, the Suns sent them packing following a 129-81 rout at US Airways Center.



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