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Wednesday, December 26th (All times eastern)

Boston Celtics (22-3) at Sacramento Kings (11-15), 10 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Boston Celtics open a four-game road trip tonight, as they visit the Sacramento Kings at ARCO Arena.

This is the second and final meeting of the season between the clubs. On December 12th, Paul Pierce finished with 26 points to lead the Celtics to a 90-78 triumph over the Kings at TD Banknorth Garden.

These teams have split the last four contests. Boston has lost 11 straight and 14 of its last 15 at Sacramento.

The last time the Celtics defeated the Kings on the road was on February 16, 1996.

Boston opens the swing on a two-game winning streak. Kevin Garnett ended with 21 points and 12 rebounds as the Celtics beat the Orlando Magic, 103-91, on Sunday at TD Banknorth Garden.

Pierce poured in 24 points, Rajon Rondo netted 23 and Ray Allen scored 22 in the win for the Celtics, who have won 11 of their last 12 games overall.

The Celtics are scheduled to visit the Seattle SuperSonics on Thursday at KeyArena, the Utah Jazz on Saturday at EnergySolutions Arena and the Lakers on Sunday at the Staples Center. Boston is 8-2 on the road this season.

Sacramento attempts to bounce back from a tough loss, as it plays the second of a four-game homestand. Linas Kleiza sank a jumper at the buzzer to lift the Denver Nuggets to an improbable 106-105 victory over the Kings on Sunday at ARCO Arena.

Ron Artest finished with 24 points, nine rebounds, eight assists and four steals in the loss for Sacramento, while Brad Miller scored 22 points for the Kings, who had a two-game winning streak halted.

The Kings are 8-5 at home this season. They will host the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday and the Phoenix Suns on Sunday.

12/26 10:38:58 ET


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