Tuesday , Mar , 06 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

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 on
Saturday at the Rose Garden.

Artest is in some hot water. He was excused from the team indefinitely after
he was arrested and later released on $50,000 bail Monday by the Placer County
Sheriff’s Department following a disturbance at his Loomis, CA home.

According to the Placer County Sheriff’s Department, a female called 911 at
9:23 a.m. local time, reporting that she had been assaulted by Artest, one of
the NBA’s best defenders. Deputies responded and found both parties in the
home, but separated. Artest cooperated during the interview and was booked
without incident. He is scheduled to be arraigned March 22nd.

Meanwhile, Mike Bibby ended with 13 points in Saturday’s win for the Kings,
while Shareef Abdur-Rahim netted 10 for Sacramento, which opens a three-game
homestand tonight against Indiana.

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
games overall.

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.