The last time the Sacramento Kings visited New Orleans Arena, they suffered one of their worst losses of last season.
After kicking off a three-game road trip with a disappointing loss, the Kings look for a better outing in this meeting with the Hornets.
Sacramento, which opened the trip with a 105-100 loss at Memphis on Tuesday, was handed a 108-84 defeat at New Orleans on Feb. 5.
The Kings shot just 38.5 percent and were outscored 53-38 in the second half to come within one point of their worst defeat last season—a 25-point setback at Phoenix on March 13.
The Kings have continually struggled on the road this season, falling to 3-5 away from Arco Arena with Tuesday’s loss in Memphis. Peja Stojakovic scored 27 points and six other players reached double figures, but Sacramento still had a four-game win streak snapped and lost for just the second time in 14 games with a 105-100 setback to the fast-improving Grizzlies.
Brad Miller had another outstanding game with 20 points and 16 rebounds for the Kings.
”(Memphis) got some calls, and we didn’t,” Miller said. “On the road, you don’t get some of those calls. It happens sometimes. We have to find a way to win the games when we don’t get those calls.”
The Kings close their road trip at Atlanta on Friday before returning home for a three-game homestand starting with Portland on Sunday.
The Hornets have been routed in back-to-back games following a four-game win streak. They lost 116-94 at Denver on Tuesday after a 109-80 road loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday.
Baron Davis scored 25 points on 9-of-18 shooting for New Orleans, which hadn’t lost consecutive games since early November.
“That team just jumped on our butts from the tip,” said guard David Wesley, who had ten points. “They just jumped on us and we didn’t have an answer.”
New Orleans, which has compiled the same record after 26 games as last season, will be playing it’s third game in four nights.
In the midst of playing nine of 12 on the road, the Hornets will try to avoid losing three straight for the first time this season.
STANDINGS (through Dec. 16): Kings - 2nd place, 1 1/2 GB, Pacific Division. Hornets - 2nd place, 2 1/2 GB, Central Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Kings - Stojakovic, 24.1 ppg; Miller, 10.1 rpg; Bibby, 5.8 apg. Hornets - Davis, 23.5 ppg and 8.5 apg; Magloire, 9.1 rpg.
2002-03 SEASON SERIES: Tied, 1-1.
LAST MEETING: Feb. 5; Hornets, 108-84. At New Orleans, Jamal Mashburn scored 26 points and Wesley added 17 points and nine assists to lead the Hornets.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Kings - 3-5 on the road; Hornets - 8-3 at home.