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              === Kings aim to solve road woes against Hornets ===
 (Sports  Network)  - The Sacramento  Kings hope to  solve their road woes when
 they resume a five-game trek Sunday against the New Orleans Hornets.
 The  Kings opened  the swing with Friday's 122-108 loss at Atlanta as DeMarcus
 Cousins  ended with 26 points and 13 rebounds in a losing cause. Isaiah Thomas
 scored  30 points  for Sacramento, which lost for the seventh straight time on
 the road and is just 5-24 away from home.
 Atlanta  ended the  game with a 33-19 advantage in fastbreak points. The Hawks
 also rallied from a 27-14 hole early on.
 "That's  effort  and  energy,"  Kings  coach Keith  Smart  said.  "The  effort
 defensively wasn't there."
 Sacramento  has lost four in a row overall and eight of 10 games. It will also
 visit Miami, Orlando and San Antonio on the junket.
 Thomas  has been shooting well lately for the Kings, averaging 20.5 ppg in the
 previous six. The Kings are averaging 108.0 ppg in that time.
 New  Orleans has dropped three in a row since winning two straight and four of
 five games.
 In  Friday's  104-100 loss to  the Dallas Mavericks,  the Hornets blew a four-
 point  lead with 55.5 seconds to go as Mike James and Vince Carter each buried
 3-pointers during a game-ending 8-0 run for Dallas.
 Eric  Gordon  and Jason Smith  scored 23 and  22 points, respectively, for the
 Hornets,  who got 20 points and 12 rebounds from Ryan Anderson. Rookie Anthony
 Davis registered 10 points and 11 boards in defeat.
 "Any  time you lose a game you feel bad, but any time you lose a game that way
 because  of your  mistakes, it's  worse," said  Hornets coach  Monty Williams.
 "They hit some tough shots, but a lot of it was defensive breakdowns."
 The Hornets will wrap up the residency Tuesday versus Brooklyn and are 9-17 in
 the  Big  Easy this  season. Davis  has three double-doubles  in his last four
 games  and is probable  for Sunday's game because of a sprained right knee. He
 is averaging 12.5 points and 7.5 rebounds this season.
 New  Orleans defeated  Sacramento, 114-105, on Jan. 21 this season at home and
 has  won 10  of the past 15  meetings between the Western foes. The Kings have
 lost 13 of 15 trips to the banks of the Mississippi.
 02/24 10:57:51 ET

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