Kings take on Warriors in Oakland
(Sports Network) – The Sacramento Kings hope to continue their push towards
the playoffs, as they visit the Golden State Warriors tonight at The Arena in
Sacramento is No. 8 in the Western Conference playoff race and is just 1 1/2
games ahead of the Utah Jazz.
The Kings play the second of a brief two-game road trip. On Wednesday, Brad
Miller ended with 24 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the floor, as Sacramento
defeated the Portland Trail Blazers, 106-90, at the Rose Garden.
Shareef Abdur-Rahim came off the bench and scored 21 points on 8-of-11
shooting from the field in the win over Portland for the Kings, who won for
the first time in three games.
Mike Bibby netted 19 and was 4-of-5 from beyond the arc, while Ron Artest
finished with 11 points and six assists for Sacramento, which shot a solid
51.3 percent from the floor, including and impressive 12-of-18 from beyond the
Sacramento is just 13-23 as the visitor this season.
The Warriors, who play the finale of a three-game homestand, try and put the
brakes on a two-game skid. On Wednesday, Rasual Butler scored 20 points as the
New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets edged Golden State, 86-85, at The Arena in
Jason Richardson and Mike Dunleavy scored 19 points apiece in the loss to the
Hornets for the Warriors, who have dropped three of their last five games
overall. Derek Fisher scored 16 points, while Troy Murphy netted 12 points and
pulled down 12 rebounds.
Golden State is 18-18 at home this season. After tonight’s game, the Warriors
are scheduled to embark on a three-game road trip. They will visit Minnesota,
Memphis and the Hornets on the upcoming swing.
This is the fourth and final meeting of the campaign between the squads. The
teams split a pair of contests at Sacramento, while the Warriors defeated the
Kings, 113-106, on November 30th at The Arena.
Sacramento has lost two straight and four of its last five at Golden State.