The Sacramento Kings have not enjoyed much success at Arco Arena
lately. A game against the Los Angeles Clippers could help.
Sacramento tries to snap a five-game skid at home and eight in a
row overall Thursday night when they face a Clippers team that will
be glad to be finishing off the road portion of its schedule.
The Kings (24-54) clinched their second straight season with a
losing record at home on Tuesday, falling 95-86 to San Antonio.
Tied with 5:51 left, Sacramento went scoreless for four-plus
minutes as the Spurs rolled off 12 straight points.
“It was down the stretch, same thing as what happened against
Portland,” said rookie Tyreke Evans, referring to the Kings getting
outscored by eight in the final 12 minutes of Saturday’s 98-87 loss
to the Trail Blazers. ” … We just have to keep going in the
fourth and execute.”
Sacramento now looks to snap its longest home losing streak
since an eight-game stretch from Nov. 11-Dec. 6, 2008.
The Kings, however, have won four straight and 42 of 52 against
the Clippers in northern California since the franchise relocated
from Kansas City, Mo., following the 1984-85 season.
In the teams’ last meeting in Sacramento on Feb. 28, Evans
scored 22 points and Carl Landry had 18 with eight rebounds as the
Kings won 97-92.
Center Chris Kaman posted his sixth straight double-double
against Sacramento in that game with 18 points and 11 boards after
missing Los Angeles’ previous three visits due to injury.
Kaman and the Clippers (27-51) will be trying to snap a six-game
skid after falling 93-85 to visiting Portland on Wednesday.
“We missed a myriad of open shots and layups in the fourth
quarter that really hurt us,” said Kim Hughes, who earned his
first win as Clippers interim head coach with a 99-89 victory over
the Kings on Feb. 20 in Los Angeles.
While Hughes’ team is 8-32 on the road and has just three wins
outside of Los Angeles since Dec. 19, Sacramento hasn’t won since a
102-89 triumph over the host Clippers on March 21. Even with Evans
sidelined in that contest with a slight concussion and facial
injuries, the Kings were carried by Landry’s 24 points and Beno
Udrih’s 20 and career-best 17 assists.
Clippers guard Eric Gordon is averaging 22.0 points on 52.3
percent shooting against Sacramento this season.
The Kings are 38-7 versus the Clippers at Arco Arena since the
venue opened in 1988.