Kings still at the bottom of the Pacific
(Sports Network) – Sacramento (15-21) is nine games behind the first place
Phoenix in the Pacific Division. The Kings host the Suns on Tuesday at ARCO
It is the second meeting of the season between the Kings and Phoenix. On
November 6th, Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 23 points and made two free throws
with 13.3 seconds remaining to lift Sacramento to a wild 118-117 victory over
Phoenix at America West Arena, which is now called US Airways Center. Abdur-
Rahim (jaw) is currently sidelined indefinitely.
The Kings have won six of nine and 11 of the last 16 meetings with Phoenix,
which has lost nine of its last 10 at Sacramento.
Sacramento plays the middle contest of a three-game homestand against Phoenix.
On Sunday, Mike Bibby scored a career-high 42 points on 13-of-23 shooting from
the floor to lead Sacramento over the Orlando Magic, 104-100, at ARCO Arena.
Kevin Martin contributed 22 points and a career-high 10 rebounds in the win
over Orlando for the Kings, who won for the second time in their last five
games overall. Two-time All-Star Brad Miller had a solid all-around game with
21 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists.
Peja Stojakovic did not play against Orlando for the Kings, as he missed his
second straight game with a sore back. The sharp-shooting forward is
questionable for tonight’s contest. He is averaging 16.6 points in 28 games
Sacramento is 10-11 at ARCO Arena this season. The Kings will play Kobe Bryant
and the Lakers on Thursday in the finale of the current stand.
Bibby has scored over 25 points in five of his last nine contests. He leads
the Kings in scoring (19.9 ppg) and assists (5.4 apg.). The 6-1 guard has
collected three double-doubles this season.
The Kings have scored over 100 points just once in their last five games.