Thursday , Dec , 08 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Kings conclude homestand against Rockets

(Sports Network) – The Sacramento Kings try and halt a four-game losing streak
this evening when they conclude a four-game homestand against the Houston
Rockets at ARCO Arena.

The Kings’ latest setback came on Tuesday, as they were upended by LeBron
James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, 102-97. Shareef Abdur-Rahim netted 25
points for the Kings, who have dropped five of seven and have lost three
straight at home for the first time since April of 2000.

Bonzi Wells had a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Mike Bibby
tallied 16 points in the loss. Each of Sacramento’s starters finished in
double-digits, but the team was unable to keep up with James and company down
the stretch.

The Kings, who head to Seattle following tonight’s tilt, are 6-6 in their
building this season.

Houston, meanwhile, comes in on a winning note after Tracy McGrady tied a
season-high with 35 points, as the Rockets beat the Boston Celtics, 91-73, at
the Toyota Center.

McGrady, who was playing in just his third game since returning from a back
injury, was sharp, shooting 14-of-20 from the floor while adding seven
rebounds, five assists and a pair of steals.

On the injury front, guard Jon Barry left the game with a calf injury. Barry,
who was returning from a bruised foot, stayed in Houston, but could join the
club over the weekend.

Houston, which will be starting a six-game road trip tonight, is 2-6 away from
home this season.

The Rockets topped the Kings earlier in the season and has won the last two
meetings. Houston, which has dropped seven of the last 10 overall meetings,
has struggled in Sacramento, where they have dropped 11 of 12.