Final Score: Philadelphia 89, Sacramento 80
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
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
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 23:57:44 ET
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