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PHOENIX — Chris Webber and his teammates are one victory away from ending the Sacramento Kings' two decades of playoff failure.

"I have those butterflies — the good ones," Webber said, "the ones that are in your stomach because you're excited not because your scared. It's almost a dream come true."

Sacramento beat the Suns in Phoenix, 104-96, on Sunday to take back the homecourt advantage in the best-of-five series. The Kings are up 2-1 with Game 4 set for Wednesday night in Phoenix.

If the Kings win the series, they can look back at one crucial play in Game 3 involving Vlade Divac and Doug Christie. Divac had the ball inside and as he tumbled backward to the floor, somehow flung it out to Christie, who sank a 3-pointer that put Sacramento ahead 97-92 with 1:03 remaining.

"There's a lot being said about the shot that went in," Christie said, "but just to be able to be falling down, be 7-foot and make a play like that is big-time."

The Kings showed there is more to their game than up-tempo flamboyance.

"We can be real entertaining," coach Rick Adelman said. "But we've done the dirty work all year. If we're going to win in the playoffs, especially on the road, you've got to defend, you've got to rebound, and you've got to play defense."

The Kings' franchise last won a playoff series in 1981, when they were in Kansas City.

Webber scored 23 points for the Kings, while Predrag Stojakovic added 21 and Jason Williams had 14, including nine in a row in the third quarter on two 3-pointers and a three-point play.

Christie added 17 points. He also blocked Jason Kidds' breakaway layup attempt from behind and sank another fourth-quarter 3-pointer with Kidd on the floor at the other end of a court with a bruised hip.

After Phoenix had rallied to tie it at 90, Sacramento outscored the Suns 14-6 over the final three minutes.

Kidd stayed in the game and had 19 points and 16 assists for the Suns, who had taken the homecourt edge with an 86-83 victory in Game 1 a week earlier.

The Suns were in foul trouble almost from the start, and the Kings rallied from 17 points early to get within two at halftime.

Tony Delk scored 18 points for Phoenix, while Shawn Marion added 14 points and 10 rebounds but shot just 4-for-15.