Thursday , Feb , 23 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Lakers host Kings

(Sports Network) – Pacific Division rivals square off when the Los Angeles
Lakers welcome the Sacramento Kings tonight to the Staples Center.

This is the second meeting of the season between the clubs. On January 19th,
Mike Bibby scored 40 points and Kenny Thomas registered a triple-double, as
the Kings knocked off the Lakers, 118-109, in an overtime thriller at ARCO

The winning team has scored over 100 points in the last 14 meetings in this
series, while Sacramento has won three straight contests. The Kings have won
two straight at the Lakers.

Los Angeles plays the finale of a five-game homestand. It is 2-2 on the
current stand. On Tuesday, Kobe Bryant finished with 27 points, six rebounds
and five steals as the Lakers defeated the Portland Trail Blazers, 99-82, at
the Staples Center.

Lamar Odom netted 20 points and pulled down a season-high 17 rebounds in the
win for the Lakers, who have won three of their last five games overall. Smush
Parker contributed 13 points and dished out nine assists in the victory.

Bryant, who is averaging a league-best 34.9 points per game, has scored over
20 points in 33 straight outings.

The Lakers are 14-10 as the host this season. They are 8-2 in their last 10 at

Sacramento attempts to win its second straight game. Brad Miller scored 17
points and Bibby netted 16 as the Kings crushed the Golden State Warriors,
102-77, at ARCO Arena.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim added 15 points off the bench in the win over Golden State
for the Kings, who won their ninth straight home game. Rookie Francisco Garcia
scored 13 points, while forward Kenny Thomas pulled down 13 rebounds in the

The Kings are a dismal 7-18 on the road this season. They have lost five of
their last six games as the visitor.

The teams will meet twice more this season. The clubs will clash on March 14th
at Sacramento and again on March 22nd at the Staples Center.