DeMarcus Cousins' first double-double in five games gave Sacramento a boost, but it wasn't enough in an 89-80 loss to the 76ers.
PHILADELPHIA — At the expense of the Sacramento Kings, the Philadelphia 76ers proved they can put together a win streak on Friday night.
Thaddeus Young had 23 points and 15 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday scored 21 to lead the 76ers to an 89-80 win, their first time earning consecutive wins since Nov. 25-30.
The Sixers, who won for the fifth time in 14 games, blew a 17-point lead in a loss to Memphis on Monday night and nearly wasted a 19-point cushion against the Kings.
Early in the fourth, Isaiah Thomas took advantage of Nick Young’s foul on his three-point attempt, sinking all three from the free-throw line and giving the Kings their first lead of the game, 73-72.
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Thaddeus Young pushed back the Kings with consecutive jumpers that sparked a 10-0 run and put the Sixers back in control.
Tyreke Evans scored 29 points and Thomas had 24 for the Kings. DeMarcus Cousins had 12 points and 12 rebounds. The Kings have lost six of seven and fell to 1-3 on a six-game road trip.
“We’ve got great talent, we know we can play with anybody,” Evans said. “We’ve just got to be ready every night.”
Cousins and Evans did most of the damage in a third-quarter rally attempt, hitting short jumpers around the basket or dunking as the Kings whittled the big deficit to only five down. But Sacramento missed 11 of its first 12 shots in the fourth, killing its momentum.
Percentages: FG .380, FT .760. Three-point goals: 1-10, .100 (Evans 1-2, Fredette 0-1, Garcia 0-1, Thornton 0-1, Salmons 0-2, Thomas 0-3). Team rebounds: 5. Team turnovers: 13 (15 PTS). Blocked shots: 4 (Cousins 3, Garcia). Turnovers: 13 (Cousins 4, Evans 3, Thomas 2, Brooks, Hayes, Robinson, Thompson). Steals: 12 (Garcia 3, Cousins 2, Evans 2, Thornton 2, Salmons, Thomas, Thompson). Technical fouls: Cousins, 2:12 third.
Percentages: FG .474, FT .737. Three-point goals: 3-14, .214 (Holiday 1-2, Wright 1-3, N.Young 1-5, Hawes 0-1, Ivey 0-1, Turner 0-1, T.Young 0-1). Team rebounds: 13. Team turnovers: 20 (14 PTS). Blocked shots: 4 (Holiday 2, Allen, N.Young). Turnovers: 18 (Holiday 8, Turner 4, Hawes 3, N.Young 2, Wright). Steals: 6 (Turner 2, T.Young 2, Holiday, N.Young). Technical fouls: Turner, 11:14 third.
|Sacramento||23||16||29||12 — 80|
|Philadelphia||27||27||18||17 — 89|
Attendance: 17,927 (20,328). Time: 2:05. Officials: Dan Crawford, Nick Buchert, Kane Fitzgerald.