NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, January 17th (All times eastern)
Sacramento Kings (24-11) at Los Angeles Clippers (18-18), 3:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Sacramento Kings seek their fourth consecutive win today when they visit the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center in the back end of a home-and-home.
The Kings are coming off a perfect three-game homestand that concluded with a 99-95 decision over the Clippers on Saturday. Chris Webber had 36 points, 10 rebounds and six assists to lead the winning effort.
Peja Stojakovic added 24 points for the Kings, who are winners of nine of 13 overall. Cuttino Mobley made his debut for Sacramento after being acquired from the Magic, adding 13 points and tying a career high with four blocks.
Sacramento enters Monday's action 5 1/2 games behind the Phoenix Suns in the race for the Pacific Division title.
The Kings, who are 17-2 when allowing under 100 points this season, have won five of their last seven on the road. They will return home to host Portland on Tuesday, opening a four-game set.
Los Angeles, meanwhile, had a two-game winning streak ended in Saturday's loss. Elton Brand had 25 points and 14 rebounds, while Chris Kaman had a career-high 23 points for the Clippers, who are 2-3 in their last five.
A Bobby Simmons hoop gave the Clippers a 67-66 lead with three minutes left in the third quarter. But Mobley had seven points as the Kings ended the stanza on an 11-2 run to take a 77-69 advantage into the final 12 minutes.
A Kerry Kittles three-pointer pulled the Clippers within 83-82 with 6:15 remaining. But the Kings held on the rest of the way to register the victory.
Los Angeles, which has won four of its last five at home, will visit San Antonio on Wednesday to begin a three-game trip.
The Kings have won six straight, and 11 of the last 12 meetings with the Clippers.
01/17 10:15:27 ET