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Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) - scored 28 points and added 18 off the bench, as the Sacramento continued their home dominance of the East with a 100-89 victory over Philadelphia at ARCO Arena. Sacramento, which beat Cleveland in its season opener, has won 19 straight at home against Eastern Conference opponents.

contributed 16 points and five assists in the win, while and scored 11 apiece. Miller added a team-high nine rebounds.

Despite a strained shoulder suffered in practice Thursday, paced the with 27 points. He added six rebounds and seven assists for Philadelphia, which opened its season with a win over Miami on Tuesday.

added 19 points and chipped in with 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Sixers, whose bench was outscored by a 28-13 margin.

The put the game away with a strong third quarter.

Already leading 53-43 heading into the frame, Sacramento extended its advantage to 13 when scored to make it 62-49 around the 9:00 mark. The Sixers would trim that lead to single digits, but Sacramento was too tough.

Jackson's three-pointer with less than two minutes remaining in the quarter extended the lead to 15 at 78-63. Philly cut the deficit to 12 on Thomas' three-point play at the other end, but Jackson drained a tough jumper in the waning moments that gave Sacramento an 80-66 cushion heading into the final 12 minutes.

The closest Philadelphia came in the fourth quarter was within eight points, when Iverson's layup made it 97-89 with just 37 seconds remaining. The led by as many as 16 in the frame.

With Sacramento leading 27-23 after the first quarter, the game remained tight throughout the first half. Iverson scored the first three points of the second quarter to pull Philadelphia within one at 27-26. The Sixers then grabbed a 32-31 lead minutes later when capped a 6-0 run with a bucket around the 7:30 mark.

Sacramento responded with an 8-2 burst and grabbed a five-point lead when Jackson's basket made it 39-34 around the midway point. Philly would regain the lead at 40-39, but the ended the half with a 14-3 burst and carried a 53-43 advantage into the locker room behind Stojakovic's 13 points.

Sacramento's last loss to an Eastern Conference team at home came on March 3, 2002 against Indiana

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