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November 25, 2009
Gameday: Kings (5-8) vs. Knicks (3-11)

Tyreke Evans is questionable for tonight's game because of a sprained right ankle.

If Evans can play against a Knicks team that is among the worst defensive teams in the NBA, he has a chance to break a Sacramento-era record.

If Evans scores 20 points tonight, it would be his eighth straight game doing so. That would surpass the seven-straight games by Lionel Simmons during the 1990-91 season and the seven-game streak Evans is currently on.

Here's some history on scoring streaks by Kings rookies courtesy of the Kings public relations staff:

The last longer streak by a rookie in franchise history was nine games by Otis Birdsong from March 25 - April 9, 1978, when the team was in Kansas City. Before that, there are only two streaks of at least seven games in franchise history, both by Oscar Robertson in Cincinnati - 29 games (Nov. 23, 1960 - Jan. 15, 1961) and 14 games (Jan. 30 - Feb. 25, 1961). Prior to Evans recording seven straight games of 20 or more, Denver's Carmelo Anthony had a pair of nine-game streaks in his rookie season (March 22 - April 10, 2004 and Jan. 28 - Feb. 20, 2004). (information provided by Elias Sports Bureau).

*The Knicks have been bad (again) on defense. Their opponents shoot 48.6 percent and score 107.4 points per game. Both figures are third highest in the NBA.

But the Kings aren't much better defensively. They're right behind the Knicks with the fourth-highest shooting percentage allowed (48.2 percent) and points allowed (106.1).

Should be a nice, high-scoring contest tonight.

--Jason Jones

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