Streaking Kings host Yao and Rockets
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – The Sacramento Kings try to remain unbeaten
at home this season before another sellout crowd at ARCO Arena as they tangle
with Yao Ming and the Houston Rockets tonight.
The Kings have won six in a row overall. The last time they won seven straight
was during an 11-game run, March 26 – April 12, 2002. They are also 8-0 at
home this season and have won 15 in a row at ARCO Arena dating back to last
season. A victory tonight would give the Kings their third longest home
winning streak in franchise history. The Rochester Royals won 23 in a row at
home during the 1949-50 season. The Kings then won 20 in a row at ARCO Arena
during the 2001-02 campaign.
Tonight marks the fourth contest of an eight-game, 22-day homestand, the
longest in Sacramento history. Sacramento’s next road game is December 12 at
The Kings are coming off a 109-89 triumph over Memphis Tuesday night. Peja
Stojakovic scored a game-high 26 points for Sacramento, which erased a one-
point halftime deficit. Mike Bibby added 16 points.
Sacramento has been winning with ease at home, outscoring its last five foes
at ARCO Arena by 93 points.
The Rockets are 1-2 on a current five-game road trip, which wraps up tomorrow
night in Seattle. On Wednesday at Delta Center, the Rockets produced their
second-worst shooting effort and third-worst scoring performance of the
season, making just 33.3 percent of their shots in an 83-76 loss to the Utah
Jazz. Yao compiled 20 points and 10 rebounds. Houston set a season low with 26
defensive rebounds Wednesday at Utah, while tying season lows with 11 assists,
four steals and three blocks.
This marks the first of four meetings this season between the Rockets and
Kings. The teams split four matchups last season. However, Sacramento has won
13 of the last 16 games against the Rockets, including the last eight at ARCO
Arena. The last time the Kings fell at home to the Rockets was on March 28,