SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA (TICKER) —The Sacramento Kings aim for a 10th victory in 12 games and try to move closer to clinching the Pacific Division when they host the Los Angeles Clippers at Arco Arena on Thursday.
Sacramento has won four straight games and has a six-game lead over Portland in the Pacific Division with 11 games remaining. The winner will be assured of the second seed in the Western Conference playoffs.
On Sunday, the Kings edged Houston here, 109-108, when Steve Francis missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Chris Webber scored 24 points but missed two free throws in the waning seconds that would have given the Kings a three-point lead.
The Kings have won nine in a row at home over the Clippers since a 98-85 loss on November 7, 1997, including a 107-94 triumph here on November 29.
Sacramento has won two of three in the series this season, but Los Angeles won the last matchup, 112-107, on January 18.
The Clippers, who have lost three games in a row and 15 of 18, were edged by league-leading Dallas at home on Wednesday, 114-107.
Eric Piatkowski scored 22 points and Corey Maggette added 21 and 11 rebounds for the Clippers, who trailed by just three points before the Mavericks pulled away in the final minute off a pair of turnovers by Yugoslavian rookie Marko Jaric.