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   === Sixers beat Kings, win two straight for first time since November ===
 
 Philadelphia,  PA  (Sports Network) -  Thaddeus Young  posted 23 points and 15
 rebounds  as  the Philadelphia 76ers  withstood a  late push by the Sacramento
 Kings to take an 89-80 decision at Wells Fargo Center.
 
 Jrue Holiday added 21 points, seven assists and six rebounds, while Nick Young
 poured  in  20 points  for Philadelphia,  which won  consecutive games for the
 first time since a three-game stretch from Nov. 25-30.
 
 "We're  just  trying to keep  building on wins and  trying to keep building on
 what  we have  here," Young  said.  "It's all  about winning  from this  point
 forward."
 
 Tyreke  Evans scored a game-high 29 points for the Kings, who have dropped two
 straight and six of seven overall.
 
 Isaiah  Thomas had  24 points and DeMarcus Cousins contributed a double-double
 with 12 points and 12 rebounds in defeat.
 
 Sacramento trailed, 54-39, at the half and could not cut its deficit to single
 digits  in  the third  quarter until a  17-4 run closed  the Kings' deficit to
 66-63 with a little over three minutes left in the frame.
 
 But  Nick  Young stopped  the run  with a 3-pointer  to start  a 6-0 push that
 stretched  the  Sixers' advantage  back up  to nine points  and they carried a
 72-68 lead into the fourth quarter.
 
 The  Kings  then scored  the first five  points of the  fourth quarter to take
 their first lead of the game, 73-72.
 
 Philadelphia,  however, responded  with a  17-2 run  to regain  a double-digit
 lead,  89-75,  with  less  than  four minutes  remaining  in  the  contest  as
 Sacramento failed to make a shot from the floor for just over nine minutes.
 
 Thomas  ended the drought  with a driving layup with about two minutes left in
 the  game,  but it  was too late  for the Kings  to make  a run and the Sixers
 cruised to the win.
 
 "I  thought our guys  did a great job of coming back out to make an incredible
 run," Kings coach Keith Smart said.
 
 Philadelphia led by as much as eight and never trailed in the first quarter en
 route  to  a 27-23 edge  heading into the second,  where the Sixers netted the
 frame's first eight points to open up a 35-23 advantage.
 
 Young  later capped an 11-2 run with a three-point play to stretch the Sixers'
 lead  up to  a game-high 19 points,  48-29, before taking a 54-39 cushion into
 the break.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Philadelphia  improved to 14-11 at home this season ... The Kings fell to 5-19
 on the road ... The Sixers held a 47-35 advantage on the glass, but Sacramento
 outscored  Philadelphia in the paint, 46-42 ... The Kings scored 14 points off
 20 Philadelphia turnovers.
 
 02/01 23:58:07 ET

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