NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, November 3rd (All times eastern)
Sacramento Kings (0-3) at Philadelphia 76ers (1-2), 7:00 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Sacramento Kings conclude a torturous four-game, season-opening road swing Monday when they invade the City of Brotherly Love to face the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wachovia Center.
The Kings fell to 0-3 Saturday when they were trounced by Orlando in the Magic Kingdom, 121-103. Sacramento also fell in Milwaukee and Miami on the trip.
Kevin Martin had a game-high 31 points for the Kings, while second-year big man Spencer Hawes added 14 points and John Salmons and rookie Jason Thompson each dropped 12 apiece.
Salmons, who grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs and spent his first four NBA seasons with the Sixers, has been one of the most improved players in the league in the early going, averaging 16.7 points per game.
The Sixers collapsed and blew a 23-point lead in their road opener at Atlanta on Saturday, losing 95-88.
Thaddeus Young tied a career high with 22 points for Philadelphia, while Elton Brand notched his third straight double-double this season with 17 points and 16 boards.
Despite the team's up-and-down play, Brand has lived up to the hype after signing a massive five-year, $82 million deal in the offseason. The former All-Star is averaging 18.3 points and 14.3 rebounds per contest.
Andre Iguodala had 16 points for the Sixers, whose starting five all reached double-digit scoring, but have lost two of three to start the season.
Philadelphia and Sacramento split their two meetings last season, each winning on the other team's home floor. Overall, the Sixers have won four of the past six games in the series.
11/03 10:18:42 ET