NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, January 5th (All times eastern)
Sacramento Kings (8-26) at New Jersey Nets (16-18), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Sacramento Kings arrive in North Jersey Monday aiming to snap an ugly 10-game road losing streak as they take on the Nets at the IZOD Center.
The Kings fell to 0-2 on a four-game road swing Saturday in Indianapolis when Danny Granger poured in 35 points and was perfect at the line late in the fourth as the Pacers held on for a wild 122-117 win over Sacramento at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Kevin Martin dropped 45 points, three shy of his career high, and dished out six assists for the Kings. The fourth-year pro, who missed all but 11 games so far this season due to an ankle injury, was 13-of-24 from the field and was perfect on 12 free throw attempts.
Bobby Jackson scored 15 to go along with 10 rebounds and five assists while Brad Miller had 13 points, nine boards and six assists for the hapless Kings, who have lost 10 straight on the road for the first time since the 1997-98 season and fell to a dismal 2-15 as the visitor this season.
Sacramento hasn't tasted victory away from ARCO Arena since topping New Orleans on November 19 and has lost eight of nine overall.
The Kings will finish their road trip in Chicago on Tuesday.
The Nets, meanwhile, fell in South Beach on Saturday when Dwyane Wade scored 29 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out six assists, as the Miami Heat held on in overtime to take a 101-96 decision over New Jersey.
Keyon Dooling scored 23 points, dished out seven assists and grabbed five rebounds for the Nets, who have lost three of four. New Jersey was without star point guard Devin Harris, who sat out the game to rest his hamstring.
Vince Carter poured in 20 points, nine rebounds and six assists, while Bobby Simmons had 19 points and nine rebounds in the loss. Rookie Brook Lopez had 12 points and eight rebounds, while Yi Jianlian had 13 points for New Jersey.
Harris is listed as questionable for tonight's contest, as is Kings big man Spencer Hawes (abdominal strain).
The Nets, who are just 6-12 as the host this season, snapped a two-game skid against the Kings with a 116-114 overtime win in Sacramento on November 26.
01/05 13:27:51 ET