Kings visit Hornets in search of third straight winJan 26, 2007 - 5:11 PM Sacramento (17-23) at New Orleans (16-25) 8:00 pm EST
OKLAHOMA CITY (Ticker) -- Ron Artest has enabled the Sacramento Kings to put a positive spin on a negative month.
Artest looks to lead the Kings to their fourth victory in five games when they open a four-game road trip Friday against the New Orleans Hornets.
One day after the first anniversary of the trade that brought him to Sacramento from Indiana for Peja Stojakovic, Artest is averaging 21.7 points and 5.8 rebounds in January.
The league leader in steals (2.24), Artest averages 17.3 points this season and has sparked the Kings to their recent success after they lost seven in a row, including three in overtime.
Sacramento is coming off Wednesday's 114-106 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. Artest scored 36 points and Kevin Martin added 18 for the Kings.
The Hornets have lost three of their last four and are just 4-7 this month. They continue to struggle without reigning Rookie of the Year Chris Paul, who is out with an injured right ankle, and Stojakovic, who underwent back surgery.
The Hornets are looking to bounce back from losses on consecutive nights, including Wednesday's 90-88 defeat to the Toronto Raptors. Rasual Butler scored 19 points and Bobby Jackson had 17 off the bench.
Sacramento has lost its last three road games against the Hornets. This is the first meeting of the campaign between the teams.
NEW ORLEANS 88 FINAL
Jan 26 10:23 PM
END 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
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SACRAMENTO 21 29 10 60
NEW ORLEANS 23 23 21 67 END 3RD QTR
HIGH SCORERS AFTER 3RD QUARTER
SAC - MIKE BIBBY 16, KEVIN MARTIN 12, JOHN
NOR - DESMOND MASON 22, BOBBY JACKSON 11,
DEVIN BROWN 10
Jan 26 9:50 PM
NEW ORLEANS 46 HALFTIME
Jan 26 9:07 PM
END 1ST QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
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SACRAMENTO 21 21
NEW ORLEANS 23 23 END 1ST QTR
HIGH SCORERS AFTER 1ST QUARTER
SAC - KEVIN MARTIN 8, JOHN SALMONS 6, MIKE
NOR - DESMOND MASON 10, DEVIN BROWN 7, BOBBY
Jan 26 8:38 PM
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