Tuesday , Apr , 05 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Sacramento Kings Team Report – April 5

=== Sacramento Kings Team Report – April 5 ===

(Sports Network) – The Sacramento Kings will host the Seattle SuperSonics on
Tuesday at ARCO Arena. Seattle will be attempting its first division title
since 1997-98, when it went 61-21 and won its third consecutive Pacific
Division title. The Sonics have already posted 50 wins for just the 10th
time in franchise history and first since the 1997-98 campaign.

It is the fourth and final meeting of the season between the clubs. The Sonics
won the three previous contests, winning twice at KeyArena and on February 1st
at Sacramento. A victory tonight would give Seattle its first regular-season
series sweep over the Kings since the 1995-96 season.

Seattle has won three straight after losing the last two meetings in this
series, while the Kings have won six of 10 and seven of the last 13 contests.
The Sonics have lost seven of its last nine at Sacramento.

Sacramento is No. 5 in the Western Conference playoff race and has a 1/2 game
lead over No. 6 Houston.

The Kings have lost two of their last three contests. On Sunday, Kevin Garnett
poured in a game-high 30 points, Latrell Sprewell added 23 and Minnesota got a
much-needed win by defeating Sacramento, 112-100, at ARCO Arena.

Peja Stojakovic paced the Kings in the loss to Minnesota with 25 points. Mike
Bibby added 19 and Cuttino Mobley dropped in 16 for the Kings, who have
dropped three of their last five overall. Kenny Thomas continues to put up
solid numbers since Sacramento acquired him via a trade with Philadelphia,
posting a double-double with 11 points and 16 boards in defeat.

Thomas is averaging 16.4 points and 10 rebounds in his last 10 games. He has
registered three double-doubles in that span and has scored in double-digits
in nine of the contests.

Sacramento, which is 15-5 in Tuesday games this season, is 27-11 at ARCO

The Kings are scheduled to visit the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday and will
then host the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. They are 2-1 against Portland this
season and are 1-1 versus the Lakers.