Heat resume road trip against Kings at ARCO
(Sports Network) – The defending world champion Miami Heat play the third of a
four-game road trip this evening, as they visit the slumping Sacramento Kings
at ARCO Arena.
This is the first of two meetings between the clubs this season. Miami is
scheduled to host the Kings on March 16, 2007 at AmericanAirlines Arena.
The Heat have won five in a row in this series. Miami has won two straight
after losing its last four at Sacramento.
Miami is 1-1 on the road trip. On Tuesday, Elton Brand finished with 33 points
as the Los Angeles Clippers knocked off the Heat, 101-97, at the Staples
Dwyane Wade led Miami with 33 points in the loss to the Clippers, while Alonzo
Mourning recorded a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Udonis
Haslem also collected a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds in the
loss for the Heat, who have dropped five of their last eight games overall.
The Heat are 4-4 on the road this season. They are scheduled to visit Carmelo
Anthony and the Denver Nuggets on Friday at the Pepsi Center.
Sacramento, which plays the first of a short two-game homestand, enters
tonight’s contest on a four-game losing streak. Leandro Barbosa led six
Phoenix players in double figures with 26 points and reigning MVP Steve Nash
dished out a season-high 20 assists, as the Suns crushed the Kings, 127-102,
on Tuesday at US Airways Center.
Mike Bibby had 21 points in the loss to the Suns for Sacramento, which has
lost seven of its last 10 overall. The Kings played without Ron Artest for the
third straight game. Artest has a sore lower back that has bothered him all
Artest is questionable for tonight’s contest. He is averaging 17.4 points, 7.6
boards and 3.1 assists this season.
The Kings are 6-3 at ARCO Arena this season. They are scheduled to host Joe
Johnson and the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday.