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

Don’t count Sacramento out

(Sports Network) – Sacramento (25-29) is out of the cellar in the Pacific
Division. The Kings are one-half game ahead of the last place Golden State
Warriors and are 11 1/2 behind the division-leading Phoenix Suns.

Pacific Division rivals square off on Thursday when the Los Angeles Lakers
welcome the Kings to the Staples Center. It 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 Arena.

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

Sacramento attempts to win its second straight game on Thursday. 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.

Miller is averaging 15.0 points, 7.9 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game this
season. He has scored in double-digits in 10 straight contests and has
registered four double-doubles in that span.

Sacramento has scored over 100 points in five of its last seven contests. The
Kings are 7-3 in their last 10 games overall.

The Kings are scheduled to play 16 of their final 28 games this season on the