NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, April 7th (All times eastern)
Los Angeles Lakers (61-16) at Sacramento Kings (16-60), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Lakers take their quest for the NBA's best record to California's capital Tuesday when they face the lowly Kings at ARCO Arena.
The Lakers won their third straight game on Sunday when Lamar Odom recorded 18 points and 10 rebounds and Kobe Bryant added 18 points of his own, as the Phil Jackson's club held on to defeat the Clippers, 88-85, their eighth straight win over their Staples Center co-tenant.
Pau Gasol chipped in 14 points and nine boards in the third straight win for the Western-Conference leading Lakers, who remain one game behind the Cavaliers for the best record in the NBA with five games to play.
The Kings, meanwhile, dropped their fourth straight Sunday when Kelenna Azubuike scored a season-high 30 points and grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds to lead the Golden State Warriors past Sacramento, 105-100, at ARCO Arena.
Bobby Jackson scored 17 points and Beno Udrih 16 for the Kings, who dropped their fourth straight game and set a single-season franchise record for defeats with 60, breaking the mark held by the 1989-90 team. Jason Thompson had 14 points and 11 boards, while Rashad McCants totaled 14 points.
Andres Nocioni chipped in 13 points and 15 boards for Sacramento, which holds the NBA's worst record at 16-60 and is just 11-27 at home.
The Lakers, who are a gaudy 28-11 as the visitor, have won four of their past five meetings with the Kings.
04/07 10:48:43 ET