NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, February 13th (All times eastern)
Sacramento Kings (23-27) at Houston Rockets (31-20), 8:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The streaking Houston Rockets attempt to head into the All- Star break on an eight-game winning streak, as they host the Sacramento Kings tonight at the Toyota Center.
On Monday, Yao Ming finished with 25 points and seven rebounds as the Rockets dominated the second half en route to winning their seventh straight game by a 95-83 score over the Portland Trail Blazers at the Toyota Center.
Yao made seven of his 11 field-goal attempts and was a solid 11-of-13 from the free-throw line, as Houston outscored Portland 51-40 in the final 24 minutes of the contest.
Rafer Alston had 17 points and seven assists, while Tracy McGrady added 12 points, four rebounds and six assists in the win for the Rockets. Luis Scola and Shane Battier contributed 11 points apiece for Houston, which shot 48.5 percent from the floor and has not lost since a 97-89 setback to the Utah Jazz on January 27th at the Toyota Center.
The Rockets, who wrap up a four-game homestand on Wednesday, are 15-9 at home this season.
Sacramento plays the third of a four-game swing tonight. On Tuesday, Hakim Warrick scored 24 points and pulled down 13 rebounds, both season-highs, to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 107-94 victory over the Kings at FedExForum.
Kevin Martin registered a game-high 33 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Kings, who lost for the second straight game. Mike Bibby and Ron Artest both netted 18 points, while Brad Miller totaled 10 points, 13 rebounds and six assists.
The Kings return to the court on February 19th against the Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden. Sacramento is 7-17 as the visitor this season.
This is the second meeting of the season between the clubs. On December 1st, Artest and Martin both scored 26 points to lead Sacramento over Houston, 107-99, at ARCO Arena.
Sacramento has lost two of three and three of its last five at Houston.
02/13 10:31:35 ET