Saturday , Jan , 06 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Sacramento welcomes Trail Blazers to ARCO Arena

(Sports Network) – The Portland Trail Blazers try to put the brakes on a
four-game losing streak when they visit the Sacramento Kings tonight at ARCO
Arena.

On Wednesday, Eddy Curry scored 27 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as the
New York Knicks defeated the Trail Blazers, 99-81, at the Rose Garden.

Zach Randolph had 15 points and nine boards in the loss to New York for the
Trail Blazers, who have dropped six of their last seven games overall. Rookie
Brandon Roy scored 14 points and Jarrett Jack finished with 11 points and
seven assists in defeat.

Portland is 6-10 on the road this season. The Trail Blazers return home to
host the Miami Heat on Sunday at the Rose Garden.

Sacramento also tries to get back on the winning track this evening, as it
plays the fourth of a five-game homestand. Superstar Kobe Bryant scored nine
of his game-high 42 points in overtime, as the Los Angeles Lakers knocked off
the Kings, 132-128, on Thursday at ARCO Arena.

Mike Bibby totaled 38 points, seven rebounds and six assists in the loss to
the Lakers for the Kings, who had a two-game winning streak halted. Kevin
Martin tallied 21 points and Ron Artest scored 19 before exiting with six
fouls for Sacramento.

On the injury front for Sacramento, center Brad Miller (flu) is questionable
for tonight’s contest. Miller did not play against the Lakers and has missed
nine games this season. He is averaging 10.0 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.8
assists for Sacramento.

The Kings, who are 2-1 on the current stand, are 10-8 at home this season.
They are scheduled to host LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on
Tuesday.

This is the second meeting of the season between the Trail Blazers and
Sacramento. On November 25th, Martin poured in a game-high 27 points to lead
the Kings over Portland, 105-85, at ARCO Arena.

Portland has lost two straight and four of its last five at Sacramento. The
Kings have won three in a row in this series.

POR SAC