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Tuesday, February 19th (All times eastern)

Sacramento Kings (32-20) at Portland Trail Blazers (34-19), 10 p.m.

(Sports Network) - A pair of teams with losing streaks return from the All- Star break tonight, as the Portland Trail Blazers host the Sacramento Kings at the Rose Garden.

This is the second meeting of the season between the clubs. On November 23rd, LaMarcus Aldridge scored 28 points and pulled down 12 rebounds as the Trail Blazers outlasted Sacramento, 87-84, at the Rose Garden.

Sacramento has dropped two of its last three at Portland.

The Kings are scheduled to host the Trail Blazers on March 13th and April 11th at ARCO Arena.

Portland lost four in a row prior to the break and will open a two-game homestand.

Blazers star Brandon Roy, who played in his first All-Star Game on Sunday in New Orleans, leads the team in scoring (19.7 ppg) and assists (5.8 apg), while Aldridge has pulled down a team-best 7.4 rebounds per game.

The Trail Blazers, who will host rookie phenom Kevin Durant and the Seattle SuperSonics on Thursday, are 20-6 at home this season.

Sacramento dropped three straight before the break, and made a big trade on Saturday. The Atlanta Hawks acquired point guard Mike Bibby from the Kings for four players and a draft pick.

The Hawks received Bibby in exchange for guards Anthony Johnson and Tyronn Lue, forward Shelden Williams, center Lorenzen Wright and a second round pick in the 2008 draft.

Kevin Martin leads the Kings in scoring (23.3 ppg), while Brad Miller has pulled down a team-best 9.7 rebounds. Beno Udrih and Ron Artest have both handed out 3.9 assists per game.

The Kings are 7-18 on the road this season. They will host the Hawks on Wednesday at ARCO Arena.

On the injury front for Sacramento, forward Francisco Garcia (strained lower back), is questionable for Tuesday. Garcia is averaging 12.2 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.

The Louisville product has missed three straight games because of the injury.

02/19 10:46:50 ET


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