Surging Nets begin road trip in Sacramento
(Sports Network) – The Atlantic Division-leading New Jersey Nets start a
five-game road trip, as they visit the Sacramento Kings tonight at ARCO Arena.
The Nets enter the game on a four-game winning streak. All-Star Vince Carter
poured in a game-high 27 points and pulled down five rebounds as New Jersey
put forth a dominating second half en route to a 101-94victory over the
Orlando Magic on Saturday at Continental Airlines Arena.
Carter finished 10-of-23 from the field and was a perfect 6-of-6 from the free
throw line in the victory. Richard Jefferson and Eddie House both scored 17
points for the Nets, who have won eight of their last 10 games overall.
Jason Kidd netted 16 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out seven
assists against the Magic for New Jersey, which shot 42 percent from the
New Jersey is 7-10 on the road this season. The Nets will also visit Golden
State, the Clippers, Denver and Utah on the swing.
Sacramento returns home after going 1-3 on a road trip. On Saturday, Richard
Hamilton led a balanced attack with 19 points, and the Pistons used strong
defense to post a 91-74 victory over the Kings in Ron Artest’s return to The
Palace of Auburn Hills.
The controversial Artest was a member of the Indiana Pacers when the infamous
brawl took place on November 19, 2004. That contest turned into an out-of-
control melee. NBA Commissioner David Stern showed no mercy as he suspended
Artest for the remainder of the 2004-05 campaign for his part in the brawl and
also penalized other key figures in the incident for a significant amount of
Artest ended with 14 points, six rebounds and four assists for the Kings, who
have dropped eight of their last nine games overall. Corliss Williamson had 17
points to lead Sacramento, which was held to just 35.5 percent from the field.
The Kings are 10-11 at home this season. They will host the Milwaukee Bucks on
Wednesday at ARCO Arena.
This is the first of two meetings between the clubs this season. The Nets are
scheduled to host the Kings on February 23rd at Continental Airlines Arena.
New Jersey has lost seven straight and nine of its last 10 at Sacramento. The
Kings have won two in a row in the series.