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Kings hope to snap skid with Nets in town

Nov 19, 2010 - 3:51 PM (Sports Network) - The reeling Sacramento Kings hope to halt an ugly six-game losing streak tonight when they entertain an improved New Jersey Nets team at ARCO Arena.

The Kings fell to 0-2 on a four-game homestand Wednesday when Amare Stoudemire scored 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, as the New York Knicks held off Sacramento 113-106.

Tyreke Evans finished with 23 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Kings, who are a dismal 1-5 as the host on the year. Carl Landry had 21 points and nine boards, while Beno Udrih added 18 points off the bench in defeat.

"We have to go back to the drawing board and play better defense," Landry said. "Defense is what wins games in the NBA."

Sacramento will finish its residency with a game against New Orleans on Sunday.

The Nets, meanwhile, fell to 1-1 on a four-game west coast swing when Deron Williams posted 23 points and eight assists, and all five Utah starters reached double figures in a 98-88 victory over New Jersey.

Anthony Morrow led the Nets with 24 points and seven rebounds, and Devin Harris added 19 points and eight assists in New Jersey's 24th loss in its last 25 games against Western Conference opponents. Brook Lopez recorded 17 points and eight rebounds in defeat.

"Our team, we're not at a point right now mentally where we really believe deep down in our gut that we can win these games," said Nets head coach Avery Johnson. "When we get there, then we'll start beating an Orlando at home, we'll maybe get us a win against a really good Utah team on the road."

New Jersey, which is searching for its third road win -- a feat it didn't accomplish until Feb. 27 last season, will finish its trip in Denver on Saturday.

The Kings have won 12 of the last 14 games between the two clubs in Sacramento.