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The Sacramento Kings didn't let the return of Seattle's Rashard Lewis be a factor in their latest win.

They'll hope for a similar result Sunday when they host the SuperSonics in the finale of their home-and-home series.

The Kings will try to extend their season-high winning streak to six games with a win at Arco Arena. The way Sacramento (22-26) is playing, it may not make a difference if Lewis is in the lineup.

"This is definitely the high point of the year,'' Sacramento guard Kevin Martin said. "Everyone is playing together and we're acting like we're having fun.''

Lewis, Seattle's second-leading scorer at 21.6 points per game, returned to action Saturday in the SuperSonics' 114-93 home loss after missing 22 games with a torn tendon in his right hand. He scored 14 points on 2-for-11 shooting in 36 minutes.

His presence, though, wasn't enough to derail the Kings, who won without starting center Brad Miller. He'll be out through the All-Star break after pain from partially torn fascia in his left foot flared up.

"I'm expecting to go (after the All-Star break),'' said Miller, who averages 9.6 points and 6.6 rebounds. "I'm just resting it and see what happens with that, and if it helps out, and then go from there."

The Kings got 26 points from Martin and 20 and seven rebounds from Ron Artest. Francisco Garcia had a season-high 17 points off the bench as the Sacramento reserves outscored the Seattle's 39-13.

"We have guys that can come in and fill in and have been in the league and can do damage,'' Artest said. "That's a good thing about our team.''

Sacramento played another solid defensive game Saturday. The Kings have allowed 90.8 points during their winning streak, well below their 100.2 season average.

The Sonics (18-32), who have lost six of their last seven and are 0-2 against the Kings this season. Seattle was 8-14 without Lewis and Saturday marked the first game he's played with leading-scorer Ray Allen since Dec. 2.

"Even just his presence being on the floor is definitely going to make it easier on us,'' said Allen, who had 29 points Saturday and averages 27.0 on the season."It's going to take a lot of pressure off me scoring."

Lewis, who came back two weeks earlier than expected, will wear a padded, fingerless glove to protect his right hand. Lewis, an All-Star in 2005, will likely ease his way back into form.

"Rashard probably showed the signs of being out as long as he has, but I had to leave him out on the court to get experience out on the floor," Seattle coach Bob Hill said.

The Sonics are 5-19 on the road - better only than Memphis; 3-22 mark. They've lost three straight and seven of eight at Arco Arena where the Kings have won their last five consecutive games.


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