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Monday, March 24th (All times eastern)

Sacramento Kings (31-38) at Houston Rockets (47-23), 8:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Houston Rockets open a two-game homestand when they welcome the Sacramento Kings tonight to the Toyota Center.

The Rockets are tied with the San Antonio Spurs for No. 5 in the Western Conference playoff race. They are also one game behind New Orleans for first place in the Southwest Division. The Hornets and Lakers are tied for the top spot in the West.

Houston attempts to get back on the winning track. On Saturday, Phoenix star Amare Stoudemire scored 38 points and set a franchise-record by making all 20 of his free throws in a 122-113 win over the Rockets at US Airways Center.

Tracy McGrady finished with 30 points, eight rebounds and nine assists in the loss for the Rockets. Luis Scola had 16 points, Rafer Alston netted 15 and Shane Battier scored 14 in defeat.

Houston has lost three of its last four games since a 22-game winning streak, the second-longest in NBA history. The Rockets are 26-10 at home this season. They will also host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday in the finale of the homestand.

Sacramento attempts to halt a two-game losing streak, as it plays the finale of a three-game road trip. On Saturday, Rudy Gay scored 24 points and Juan Carlos Navarro netted 22 as the Memphis Grizzlies edged the Kings, 117-111, at FedExForum.

Kevin Martin finished with 29 points in the loss for the Kings, who have dropped six of their last 10 games overall. Rookie Spencer Hawes contributed 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Francisco Garcia poured in 15 points in defeat.

The Kings are 10-26 on the road this season. They will host the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday at ARCO Arena.

On the injury front for Sacramento, forwards Kenny Thomas (sore right knee) and Ron Artest (sore right elbow/knee), guard Beno Udrih (strained lower back) and center Brad Miller (sore right elbow) are all questionable.

This is the third meeting of the campaign between the clubs. The teams split the first two contests, as each club won a game at home.

The Kings have dropped two in a row at Houston, which has won four of the last five contests in the series.

Sacramento will host the Rockets on April 1 at ARCO Arena.

03/24 10:58:10 ET

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