Sixers beat Kings 113-104 for 3rd straight victory
- Associated Press
- January 3, 2014 - 12:00 AM
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Thaddeus Young had 28 points, Evan Turner had 24 and the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Sacramento Kings 113-104 on Thursday night for their third straight victory.
The suddenly surging 76ers took the lead early in the second quarter and never trailed again in winning their third consecutive road game after losing the previous 13.
Reserve guard Tony Wroten had 21 points for Philadelphia, which ends its six-game road trip Saturday in Portland. Lavoy Allen and Spencer Hawes added 10 points apiece.
Young had a career-high six steals, including five in the first half, tying the arena record. Turner added 10 rebounds and six assists.
DeMarcus Cousins scored 22 of his 33 points in the opening half for the Kings, who committed 23 turnovers and lost their sixth home game in a row to the 76ers.
Isaiah Thomas had 23 points and seven assists, and Rudy Gay scored 18. Jimmer Fredette had 12 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter, and Derrick Williams scored 11.
Cousins, who had 14 rebounds, picked up his fourth foul early in the third quarter and sat out the remainder of the period. He was called for his fifth foul less than 3 minutes into the fourth.
Fredette started the fourth quarter and scored 10 points in just under 4 minutes, rallying the Kings to 98-93. But the 76ers countered with nine straight points to increase their lead to 14 at the 3:56 mark, and Sacramento never threatened again.
Young had 11 points in the third quarter when Philadelphia added to its lead, taking a 92-77 advantage into the fourth. Thomas made a pair of 3-pointers and scored 14 for the Kings, who committed six turnovers in the third.
After the Kings cut the lead to nine in the third period, the 76ers ran off nine straight points — six by Young — to build an 83-65 cushion.
Wroten and Turner both had 13 points in the first half as the 76ers shot 50 percent to open a 61-51 lead. Playing a physical game inside, Cousins shot 8 of 11 on free throws and scored 22 points in the opening half.
NOTES: Thomas connected on a 3 early in the first quarter and has made one in 25 straight games. ... Hawes, who played his first three seasons with the Kings, was booed all game. Last season when the city was trying to keep the team in Sacramento, Hawes publicly stated he wanted the Seattle group to buy the Kings and move them. Hawes, who fouled out, grew up a Seattle SuperSonics fan. ... Kings reserve guard Marcus Thornton drew a delay of game in the first quarter. He apparently was tucking in his shirt a little too slowly for referee Danny Crawford. ... Cousins drew his NBA-leading 10th technical foul in the second quarter.
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