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Tuesday, March 10th (All times eastern)

Oklahoma City Thunder (17-46) at Sacramento Kings (14-49), 10 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Oklahoma City Thunder hope to follow up one of their most impressive performances of the year tonight when they kick off a three- game road trip against the lowly Sacramento Kings at ARCO Arena.

Nenad Krstic scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the suddenly surging Thunder past the Philadelphia 76ers, 89-74, in Oklahoma City on Sunday.

Nick Collison registered 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Thunder, who have won four of five, all without their second-year star Kevin Durant. Russell Westbrook provided 11 points, seven rebounds and five assists, while Malik Rose had a season-high 14 points in the win.

Durant, who has been out with a sprained right ankle, is expected to remain on the sidelines for tonight's contest. Meanwhile, fellow second-year stalwart Jeff Green (back) has been sidelined for three of the last four games and is questionable.

Oklahoma City, which is a miserable 4-26 on the road, will also visit Denver and Phoenix on its trip.

The Kings are also coming off a rare win and improved to 1-1 on a four-game homestand Sunday when Kevin Martin recorded 26 points, seven rebounds and eight assists, leading Sacramento past the Denver Nuggets, 114-106.

Martin went 5-for-7 from three-point range for the Kings, who won for just the fourth time in their last 23 games. Andres Nocioni scored 23 points, while Spencer Hawes had 20 points and eight rebounds.

Francisco Garcia tallied 19 points, while Bobby Jackson had 10 as Sacramento improved to 10-21 at ARCO Arena.

Jackson has replaced point guard Beno Udrih, who will miss his fifth straight game tonight with a foot injury, in the starting lineup.

The Kings will finish their residency against Cleveland on March 13.

The two teams have split a pair of games this season with each club winning on its home floor.

03/10 10:34:11 ET


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