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Kings Take On Eastern Conference Champ Celtics In Boston

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(Sports Network) - The Boston Celtics will resume a six-game homestand tonight versus the Sacramento Kings at TD Garden.

Boston has lost two in a row and sustained a 108-102 loss to Houston in Monday's opener of the residency. Ray Allen and Marquis Daniels each scored 19 points for Boston, which has dropped two in a row after a four-game winning streak and allowed Houston to end its five-game slide.

"I told our guys I thought overall it was probably our worst defensive effort in three, four years as far as overall effort," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said.

Paul Pierce and Glen Davis netted 16 and 12 points, respectively, for the Celtics, who are 16-3 at home and will also host Charlotte, Orlando, Detroit and Utah on the residency.

On the injury front for the Atlantic Division-leading Celtics, Allen is probable with a left shoulder ailment and power forward Kevin Garnett is listed as doubtful. Garnett has missed seven games with a right leg injury suffered against Detroit on Dec. 29, and is averaging 15.0 points and a team- leading 9.5 rebounds this season. Boston is 4-3 in Garnett's absence.

The Kings, meanwhile, hope to put the brakes on an 11-game road losing streak Wednesday and fell to 0-2 on a six-game road trip following Tuesday's 136-133 overtime loss in Washington. Nick Young poured in a career-best 43 points to lead the Wizards to victory.

Francisco Garcia and Beno Udrih each posted 26 points, while Carl Landry added 23 points off the bench for the Kings, who have lost two straight and four of six games overall. Sacramento is only 2-12 away from Arco Arena and will also visit the Knicks, Pistons and Hawks on the trek.

"It was quite exciting if you like offense," Kings head coach Paul Westphal said. "Neither team could stop the other one."

Sacramento has the worst record in the Western Conference at 8-27.

Kings reigning Rookie of Year Tyreke Evans did not play for the second straight game because of a sprained left ankle and is questionable for tonight. The Kings are 1-3 without him. Evans is averaging a team-high 17.2 points this season.

Boston has swept a home-and-home series from the Kings for three consecutive years, while Sacramento is winless in three straight and four of five trips to Beantown.