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NBA Game Summary - Sacramento at Philadelphia

(Monday, February 26th)

Final Score: Philadelphia 89, Sacramento 82

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Samuel Dalembert posted 20 points and 17 rebounds, as the Philadelphia 76ers opened a six-game homestand with an 89-82 victory over the Sacramento Kings.

"We've been looking at the games we lost and the games we won and focusing on the things we can change to help each other on the floor," Dalembert said. "We took the challenge upon ourselves tonight to make a difference."

Andre Iguodala notched 22 points and eight boards for the 76ers, who won for just the second time in seven games. Andre Miller scored 18 points for the 76ers, who are 11-15 as the host this season and will receive visits from Phoenix, Memphis, New Jersey, Seattle and the Los Angeles Lakers during the homestand.

Kevin Martin scored 23 points for the Kings, who finished 1-3 on their four- game road trip. Brad Miller had 21 points and 10 boards, and Ron Artest ended with 13 points for the Kings, who are just 8-20 on the road this season. The club will return home to host Charlotte on Wednesday.

The game started with both teams trading baskets back and forth, and the Kings held a 27-24 first-quarter lead.

"Our defense was pretty good tonight," Philadelphia coach Maurice Cheeks said. "Early on, they got a few lay-ups, which I thought was the difference. Obviously, Brad Miller making some shots early on spread the floor a little bit."

The second quarter opened with each team trading six-point runs, and neither club gained any ground in the stanza for a 45-42 Sacramento halftime lead.

Philly started pulling away down the third-quarter stretch on a 10-0 run, sparked by an Iguodala fadeaway shot with 5:16 remaining, and led 67-63 heading into the fourth.

Sacramento cut its deficit to 77-74 on Artest's layup midway through the final stanza, but the Sixers answered on an 8-2 spurt, finished by Dalembert's alley-oop layup with two ticks under three minutes left, as the home team cruised to victory down the stretch.

Game Notes

The Sixers dominated the glass by a 55-40 count...Philadelphia and Sacramento met for the second and final time this season. The Kings won the first matchup this year, 101-76, on December 27 behind 21 points and six assists by Mike Bibby...The Sixers swept the two-game series last season, but have lost 10 of their last 13 meetings with the Kings...Artest missed Sunday's game at Indiana due to personal reasons.

02/26 23:58:52 ET

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