Friday , Jan , 12 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Kings, Trail Blazers try to get back on winning track

(Sports Network) – The Sacramento Kings and Portland Trail Blazers try and
halt their three-game losing streaks, as they meet tonight at the Rose Garden.

This is the third meeting of the season between the squads. The teams split a
pair of contests at ARCO Arena. Portland is scheduled to host the Kings on
March 3rd in the fourth and final meeting of the campaign between the clubs.

Sacramento has won two straight after losing its last three at Portland. The
Kings have won three of the last four contests in this series.

Sacramento lost its last three games of a five-game homestand and finished 2-3
on the stand. On Tuesday, superstar LeBron James scored 34 points, 24 in a
second half in which the Cavaliers overcame an early 17-point deficit and
defeated the Kings, 108-98, at ARCO Arena.

Mike Bibby scored 26 points in the loss to Cleveland for the Kings, who have
lost seven of their last 11 games overall. Brad Miller ended with 24 points,
while Kevin Martin netted 23 and pulled down 11 rebounds in defeat.

The Kings are just 4-8 on the road this season. They return home to host the
Houston Rockets on Saturday before embarking on a four-game road trip.
Sacramento is scheduled to visit New York, Toronto, Boston and Detroit on the
upcoming swing.

Portland starts a three-game homestand this evening. On Wednesday, Jason Terry
scored 20 points, Josh Howard contributed 17 points and eight rebounds and the
Dallas Mavericks defeated the Portland Trail Blazers, 99-74, at American
Airlines Center.

Zach Randolph led Portland with 21 points in the loss to Dallas, while Brandon
Roy scored 15 for the Trail Blazers, who have lost seven of their last eight
games overall. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 14 points and grabbed six rebounds in
defeat.

The Trail Blazers are 7-11 at home this season. They will also host the Denver
Nuggets and Cavaliers on the current stand.

POR SAC