NBA Game Summary - Sacramento at Philadelphia
(Sunday, March 27th)
Final Score: Sacramento 114, Philadelphia 111 (OT)
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Marcus Thornton led all scorers with 32 points and added seven rebounds, as the Sacramento Kings outlasted the Philadelphia 76ers in overtime, 114-111, at the Wells Fargo Center.
Jason Thompson came off the bench to contribute 15 points and 11 boards, while former Sixer Samuel Dalembert had a season-high 19 rebounds to go with 13 points. Dalembert hit two key free throws in the final seconds of overtime for Sacramento, which concluded its five-game road trip with an impressive 4-1 mark. The Kings snapped a six-game slide versus the Sixers.
Francisco Garcia and Beno Udrih each netted 11 points for the victors.
"I thought our defense, the whole game, kept us in the game," Kings head coach Paul Westphal said. "We were really sputtering offensively. We found a way to score but mostly we just stayed in the game because of our defense and rebounding."
Jrue Holiday had a team-best 28 points and added nine rebounds with seven assists for the 76ers, who suffered a 111-99 loss at Miami on Friday and have dropped three of their last four.
Jodie Meeks poured in 22 points and Spencer Hawes, who came to Philadelphia from Sacramento as part of the Dalembert trade in the offseason, went for 16 points and 15 boards in defeat. Lou Williams made only 1-of-12 from the floor, but made the one basket count, a three-pointer at the fourth-quarter buzzer to force overtime.
"I think they came out and got their work done so give all the credit to them," Williams said.
In the extra period, a three-pointer by Udrih and DeMarcus Cousins' jumper turned a one-point deficit into a 111-107 Sacramento lead with 59.9 seconds on the clock. Meeks responded with a basket with 23.9 seconds to go, and the Kings were whistled for a five-second violation that gave the ball back to Philadelphia with 21.1 ticks remaining.
Out of a Philadelphia timeout, Williams' runner was off the mark, while Dalembert grabbed the board and was fouled. He made both at the line for a 113-109 game with 12.8 seconds left, and the Kings held on from there.
"We could have easily folded the tent, how things were going out there," Thornton said, "But, you know hats off to our guys. We stayed in there and came out with a huge win."
In a tightly contested fourth quarter, Sacramento was ahead 91-87 with 4:58 remaining. But Holiday took matters into his own hands, scoring the next nine points to put the 76ers in front 96-91 with 2:03 on the clock.
However, the Kings weren't about to go away. Thornton's runner with 1:20 to play made it a three-point game, and after an Andre Iguodala miss on the 76ers' next touch, Thornton drilled a three from the top of the arc for a 96-96 game with 36.9 seconds left.
After a Philadelphia 20-second timeout, Iguodala missed a driving layup and the Kings grabbed the rebound, calling timeout with 16.2 seconds to play.
Out of the break, Thornton drove to the basket, was fouled and calmly made both at the stripe for a 98-96 game with 10.5 ticks left.
Philadelphia immediately called a timeout and Iguodala inbounded at the far side near midcourt, got the ball back and was hacked on the way to the basket. After making the first, Iguodala missed the second badly, and the ball went out of bounds to Sacramento with six seconds to play.
Udrih was fouled on the inbound pass and sank both free throws for a 100-97 Sacramento lead with 4.5 seconds on the clock. However, Williams took a pass from Hawes and connected from well beyond the arc at the horn to tie the game and force overtime. Williams had been 0-for-8 from the field prior to the triple.
The 76ers were ahead 27-18 after 12 minutes of action and played in front throughout the second, going up by as many as 12. But the Kings chipped away at the deficit and used a 10-4 run to get within five, 49-44, heading into the locker room.
In a back-and-forth third, Sacramento went ahead for the first time when Thornton hit a three-pointer to make it a 55-54 game. However, Meeks answered with a trifecta on the Sixers' next possession to put the hosts back in front.
Iguodala's jumper with 15.9 seconds remaining pulled Philadelphia even at 71-71, but Donte Greene beat the buzzer with a triple to give the Kings a three-point edge heading into the final quarter.
Cousins finished with 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists for Sacramento, which shot 44.7 percent from the field and made 9-of-15 from three-point range. Udrih also added seven rebounds and five assists to his ledger...Iguodala went for 16 points, but converted on only 4-of-10 from the free throw line...Elton Brand had 15 points for the 76ers, which shot 44 percent from the floor, but missed 10 free throws (26-of-36).
03/27 18:08:03 ET