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February 6, 2012
Kings at Hornets: Five things to watch

NEW ORLEANS - The Kings are looking for a three-game winning streak for the first time this season after a season-worst five-game losing streak.

Here are five things to look for as the Kings attempt to win their ninth game this season.

1. The Century Club
Can the Kings score 100-plus points in consecutive games for the first time this season? The Kings have topped 100 points only three times this season.

2. Inside advantage
DeMarcus Cousins and Jason Thompson have played well together. If they can come close to matching their rebound total from last Saturday (36 combined) the Kings will be in good position to win.

3. Backcourt scoring
The Kings are 3-0 when Tyreke Evans and Marcus Thornton each score 20 points. Surely Thornton will be motivated playing against the team that traded him last season.

4. Bench points
The Kings need to get some scoring from the reserves. Outside of Isaiah Thomas, scoring from the bench hasn't been reliable lately.

5. Steady Salmons
John Salmons is coming off two solid games. If he keeps this up, expect the rotation to stay tight, which could mean Jimmer Fredette might not play again.

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