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Sunday, December 19th (All times eastern)

New Orleans Hornets (2-20) at Sacramento Kings (15-7), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The league-worst New Orleans Hornets will attempt to get back on the winning track this evening, when they travel to Sacramento to battle the Kings at Arco Arena.

The listless Hornets dropped yet another game on Friday night, falling 83-67 to the San Antonio Spurs at New Orleans Arena. Lee Nailon returned from a four-game absence due to a left groin strain to score a season-high tying 22 points and grab six boards for the Hornets.

New Orleans failed to record its first winning streak of the season. New Orleans, which beat Golden State on Wednesday, has dropped 20 of its 22 games this season -- its first in the Western Conference.

P.J. Brown had 16 points and 10 rebounds for New Orleans, which equaled a season-low in points. Outside of Brown, the four other starters for the Hornets tallied a combined 20 points.

New Orleans also missed all seven of its three-pointers, and hit 9-of-11 free throws. The Hornets are only 1-10 at home this season. New Orleans, which is also just 1-10 on the road, is opening up a three-game road trip tonight.

The Kings have split their last four games, including a disappointing 115-99 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers at Arco on Thursday. Chris Webber and Bobby Jackson both led the way with 20 points for the Kings, who lost for just the second time in their last nine. Webber is leading the Kings in scoring (20.5 ppg) and rebounding (9.6 rpg) this season.

Mike Bibby added 17 points and Predrag Stojakovic chipped in 16 points in the victory. The Kings shot 45.6 percent in the contest, but just 29.4 percent (5- of-17) from three-point range.

Sacramento saw a three-game home winning streak halted in the opener of a five-game homestand. The Kings are 9-2 at home this season.

The Kings have won three straight, seven of eight and 11 of the last 13 meetings in this series. Sacramento has won seven consecutive home contests in the set.

The Hornets haven't scored 100 points in a game this season. The Kings have scored 100 or more points in 13 games and have gone 10-3 in those games. Sacramento is 10-0 when it has held its opponent to fewer than 100 points.

12/19 10:06:32 ET

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