Thursday , Dec , 16 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Kings and Lakers meet at ARCO

Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – The Sacramento Kings open a five-game
homestand, as they welcome Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers to ARCO
Arena.

This is the second meeting of the season between the teams. On November 26th,
Sacramento knocked off the Lakers, 109-106, at the Staples Center. Overall,
the Kings have won two straight and four of the last five meetings in this
series.The Lakers have lost three straight after winning their last two at
Sacramento.

Sacramento comes into tonight’s game having won two straight. On Tuesday,
Chris Webber drained a three-pointer from the top of the key as time expired
in regulation, lifting the Kings to a dramatic 89-86 victory over the
Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center.

Webber ended with 23 points on 11-of-24 shooting from the floor, while Mike
Bibby poured in a game-high 27 points, falling one assist shy of a triple
double. Bibby also grabbed 10 boards for the Kings, who finished 2-1 on their
brief three-game road trip.

Peja Stojakovic chipped in 19 points in the win, including 5-of-12 from beyond
the arc. Sacramento has won seven of its last eight and 14 of its last 16
games overall.

The Kings shot 9-of-25 from beyond the arc in Tuesday’s victory. Brad Miller
hauled down 11 rebounds to go along with six points for the Kings, who shot
10-of-10 from the foul line.

Webber has scored more than 20 points in three straight games. He is averaging
24.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.7 assists in that span.

Sacramento is an impressive 9-1 as the host this season. The Kings have won
three straight at ARCO Arena.

On Tuesday, the Lakers lost to the Seattle SuperSonics, 108-93, at KeyArena
Bryant netted 35 points with nine rebounds and five assists for the Lakers,
who saw a brief two-game winning streak halted. Caron Butler contributed 16
points in the losing cause.

Bryant has averaged 26.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 7.8 assists in his last 10
games.

The Lakers are 4-6 on the road this season.

After tonight’s contest, the Lakers return home for a six-game homestand. The
Lakers are scheduled to host the Washington Wizards, Memphis Grizzlies, New
Orleans Hornets, Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors and Denver Nuggets on the stand.

LAL SAC