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Wednesday, January 28th (All times eastern)

Sacramento Kings (10-36) at Boston Celtics (37-9), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Sacramento Kings will attempt to put an end to a host of dubious streaks when the struggling club heads to TD Banknorth Garden tonight to face the defending world champion Boston Celtics.

Not only are the Kings embroiled in a six-game slide, they're an awful 0-19 against Eastern Conference teams and just 3-21 on the road so far this season. Sacramento's 10-36 overall record is the worst mark in the West, a half-game behind Oklahoma City's 10-35 ledger.

The Kings have also lost in their three most recent encounters with the Celtics, who cruised to a 108-63 rout when these teams squared off in Sacramento on December 28.

Sacramento wraps up a four-game road trip this evening and is coming off last night's respectable 117-110 loss at Cleveland, the NBA's lone remaining unbeaten team at home this season.

Kevin Martin poured in 35 points for the Kings in Tuesday's game, but the high-scoring guard was outdone by the Cavaliers' Mo Williams, who recorded a career-high 43 points and drained 7-of-12 three-point shots to help the Cavs run their record to 21-0 at Quicken Loans Arena.

John Salmons added 21 points for Sacramento, while rookie Jason Thompson finished with 16.

Now the Kings must face a Boston squad that owns a stellar 22-2 home mark in 2008-09 and is riding an eight-game win streak that was extended with Sunday's 124-100 home blowout of Dallas.

Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Eddie House all scored 23 points for the Celtics on the afternoon, while Rajon Rondo compiled 14 points and 13 assists. Boston shot a sizzling 59 percent (16-for-27) from three-point range as a team.

At 37-9, the Celtics stand one half-game behind Cleveland for the top record in the East and have not lost since a 98-83 defeat to the Cavaliers on January 9.

In team injury news, guard Tony Allen may return to the Boston lineup for tonight's test after sitting out the last 11 games due to a strained right ankle.

01/28 10:21:55 ET


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