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Celtics aim for ninth straight win vs. Kings

Jan 28, 2009 - 11:25 AM Sacramento (10-36) at Boston (37-9) 7:30 p.m. EST

BOSTON (Ticker) -- The worst team in the Western Conference is having a bad week.

The lowly Sacramento Kings will try and stop the Boston Celtics from winning their ninth straight game on Wednesday.

Mired in a six-game slide, the Kings sit a full 26 games behind the first-place Los Angeles Lakers in the Pacific Division. They have perhaps the toughest back-to-back in the NBA, at Cleveland and Boston.

Sacramento held on for a while against the Cavaliers on Tuesday but eventually fell, 117-110. Kevin Martin scored 35 points and the Kings shot 50 percent from the floor, but they were dominated on the boards, 49-25, and managed only five offensive rebounds.

The Celtics will be Sacramento's second straight opponent with a winning percentage over .800.

Boston has won eight in a row and is coming off a 124-100 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday. The Celtics scored 74 points in the first half and gave most of their starters the fourth quarter off.

They have won each of their last six games by at least 10 points.

Boston embarrassed the Kings in the first meeting on December 28, 108-63. Kevin Garnett collected 21 points and 11 rebounds and Ray Allen added 19 points. John Salmons was the only Sacramento player to reach double figures with 11.