Tuesday , Mar , 14 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Leader of the Pac: Kings welcome Lakers to ARCO

(Sports Network) – Pacific Division rivals battle tonight, as the Sacramento
Kings welcome the Los Angeles Lakers to ARCO Arena.

Sacramento is No. 8 in the Western Conference playoff race and trails the
seventh-seeded Lakers by one-half game.

The surging Kings have won 11 in a row at ARCO Arena. The last time Sacramento
lost in front of its home crowd was on January 8th to the Indiana Pacers.

Sacramento goes for its fifth straight victory, as it plays the finale of a
three-game homestand. On Sunday, Kenny Thomas scored six of his 10 points in
the final minute as Sacramento knocked off the Dallas Mavericks, 85-80, at
ARCO Arena.

Brad Miller posted 17 points and 10 rebounds in the win over Dallas for the
Kings, whose record moved above .500 for the first time all season. Ron Artest
scored 15 points, while Kevin Martin netted 14 in the victory for Sacramento,
which has won seven of its last eight games overall.

The Kings are 21-11 as the host this season.

Los Angeles attempts to get back on the winning track this evening. On Sunday,
Rashard Lewis scored 26 points to lead the Seattle SuperSonics to a 120-113
win over the Lakers at the Staples Center.

Kobe Bryant contributed 22 points and seven assists and Lamar Odom netted 21
and dished out six assists in the loss to Seattle for the Lakers, who had a
two-game winning streak snapped.

The Lakers are 16-18 as the visitor this season. They have won three in a row
on the road.

This is the third meeting of the season between the squads. In the two
previous contests, both teams picked up a victory at home.

The Lakers have lost two straight and five of their last six at Sacramento.

LA is scheduled to host Sacramento on March 22nd in the final meeting of the
regular season between the clubs.