The Sacramento Kings hope to have Mike Bibby in the lineup Tuesday when they continue a five-game homestand against the New York Knicks.

Bibby's status for the contest is uncertain after the point guard sprained his left ankle and sat out the fourth quarter of a 119-96 win over Golden State on Saturday. He had 21 points and six assists before leaving the game.

The former University of Arizona standout is second on the Kings (13-15) with 17.0 points per game and averages a team-high 5.9 assists. He had a game-high 35 points in a 106-102 overtime win at New York on Jan. 25 in the most recent matchup of these teams.

That win was Sacramento's fourth in five meetings with New York. The lone loss in that span came in a 105-95 defeat at Arco Arena on Nov. 13, 2005, which halted the Kings' eight-game home winning streak over the Knicks.

If Bibby is unable to go, it could mean more playing time for rookie Quincy Douby, who scored 16 of his career-best 21 points in the second quarter Saturday. He scored a total of 23 points in his previous 11 NBA games.

"When the crowd was chanting my name, I felt like I was back at Rutgers, taking the tough shots and making them with confidence,'' Douby said. "It was great that we came into the game with such intensity.''

The Brooklyn native's second-quarter performance against the Warriors contributed to Sacramento's season-high 74 first-half points.

The victory opened the longest homestand of the season for Sacramento, which will also host the Los Angeles Lakers, Portland and Cleveland.

"It's always good to get a last win of the year,'' Kevin Martin told the team's official Web site. "We just have to take it into 2007, keep on winning.''

Martin scored 25 points Saturday to lead seven players in double figures for the Kings, who have won three of four.

Sacramento looks to gain more confidence against a New York squad hoping to avoid a sixth consecutive road loss.

This game marks the halfway point of a five-game Western Conference road trip for the Knicks (13-20), who lost 108-86 at Phoenix on Friday before falling 90-80 to the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.

"I don't think it had anything to do with our legs being tired. We were just poor with our execution,'' said Knicks forward David Lee, held to four points in each of the first two games of this road trip after scoring in double figures in seven straight.

"We don't have one of those guys who's going to score 50 points on his own, so we need to really work hard, execution-wise, and have all five guys in the right spots and moving the right way.''

Knicks guard Steve Francis, averaging career lows of 10.0 points and 4.1 assists, sat out Sunday due to knee tendinitis and his status for this game is unclear. Francis had played the previous three games, scoring a total of just 11 points, after missing eight with tendinitis in his right knee.

"It ain't cool sitting on the sidelines wearing suits, but I can't just keep dragging on with an injury that's not helping myself or helping my team,'' Francis said.

New York is further short-handed in the backcourt because guard Nate Robinson has three games left on his 10-game suspension for his involvement in the brawl against Denver on Dec. 16.

The absence of Francis and Robinson has pushed Jamal Crawford into a starting role next to Stephon Marbury. Crawford is averaging 19.0 points in the last 12 games, but managed only six points against the Clippers.


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