Pacers visit Kings at ARCO Arena
(Sports Network) – The surging Sacramento Kings try to win their fourth
straight game when they host the slumping Indiana Pacers tonight at ARCO
Kevin Martin scored 33 points and Ron Artest finished with 23 and nine
rebounds to pace Sacramento to a 104-96 win over the Portland Trail Blazers at
the Rose Garden.
Mike Bibby ended with 13 points in the win for the Kings, while Shareef Abdur-
Rahim netted 10 for Sacramento, which opens a three-game homestand against
Sacramento is 17-12 at home this season, and will also host the San Antonio
Spurs and the Denver Nuggets on the current homestand.
Indiana has lost five in a row and plays the third of a four-game road trip.
Corey Maggette scored 20 points and Elton Brand finished with 17 points and 12
rebounds, as the Los Angeles Clippers topped the ice-cold Pacers, 87-64. The
64-point effort was a record-low output for the Pacers, falling just under the
previous low of 65.
Jamaal Tinsley was the only player in double-figures for Indiana with 16
points in the loss to the Clippers. Mike Dunleavy, in a matchup against his
father, Mike Dunleavy Sr., the head coach of the Clippers, scored eight points
and grabbed seven boards for the Pacers, who have lost eight of their last 11
The Pacers are just 11-17 on the road this season. They are scheduled to host
Deron Williams and the Utah Jazz on Wednesday.
This is the second meeting of the season between the clubs. On February 25th,
Martin scored 35 points, grabbed five rebounds and collected three steals as
Sacramento knocked off the Pacers, 110-93, at Conseco Fieldhouse.
These two teams have split the last six meetings at Sacramento. The Kings have
captured seven of the last nine contests in the series.