Notebook: 76ers 89, KIngs 80



Posted Feb 1, 2013 11:20 PM

By Andy Jasner, For NBA.com

THE FACTS: Thaddeus Young scored 23 points and tied his career high with 15 rebounds as the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Sacramento Kings 89-80 Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center. Jrue Holiday scored 21 points, Nick Young had 20 and Spencer Hawes 10 for the Sixers (20-26), who won consecutive games for the first time since a three-game streak from Nov. 25-30.

Tyreke Evans led the Kings with 29 points while Isaiah Thomas contributed 24. DeMarcus Cousins had 12 points and 12 rebounds. The Kings (17-31) fell to 5-19 on the road.

QUOTABLE: "It's a good win for us. We'll take it and try to go get the next game."

-- Thaddeus Young

THE STAT: The Kings shot 3-for-18 overall, and 0-for-3 from beyond the arc, in the fourth quarter. They managed just 12 points in the fourth after mounting a huge comeback to take a short-lived one-point lead.

TURNING POINT: After the Kings rallied from 19 down to take a 73-72 lead, the Sixers came right back with a 10-0 run to go ahead 82-73. The Sixers have had trouble holding leads all season, but on this night, they wouldn't allow the Kings to make one last surge.

HOT: Thaddeus Young was 11-for-17 and Holiday knocked down nine of his 17 shots.

NOT: Jason Thompson was 3-for-9, John Salmons was 1-for-7 and Francisco Garcia misfired on all three of his shots in 20:25 off the bench for the Kings.

QUOTABLE II: "We sure don't make anything easy."

-- Sixers coach Doug Collins

FANTASY SPOTLIGHT: Thaddeus Young had 23 points, 15 rebounds, two assists and two steals. For the Kings, Thomas was solid throughout with 24 points, five assists, four rebounds and one steal. Thomas also was 10-for-10 from the free-throw line.

INSIDE THE ARENA: The crowd of 17,927 was relatively quiet for much of the game. That is, until the Sixers let a 19-point lead dissipate early in the fourth. From there, the fans responded and the buzz could be felt throughout the arena.

QUOTABLE III: "As far as our effort, we played good. We never gave up."

-- Tyreke Evans

GOOD MOVE: Thaddeus Young was a force in the paint all game and the Sixers kept going to him. They did a very good job of recognizing that Young could score at will in the paint against the Kings, who had no answer for the lanky forward's variety of moves.

BAD MOVE: The Kings settled for far too many jump shots. Cousins only had three free-throw attempts, which is not nearly enough. As an aside, he missed all three of those shots.

ROOKIE WATCH: Kings forward Thomas Robinson was scoreless with two rebounds in 6:34. For the Sixers, forward Arnett Moultrie received a DNP-CD.

NOTABLE: Sixers guard Jason Richardson missed his fifth straight game with left knee synovitis. Richardson traveled to Colorado for a second opinion and there is no immediate timetable for his return. ... Sacramento forward James Johnson was active but didn't play because of an illness. ... The Kings have dropped six of its last seven games. ... Thaddeus Young registered his 12th double-double of the season. He had just one all of last season. It's the third time that Young had at least 20 points and 14 rebounds. That's the most games in a single season by a Philadelphia player since Chris Webber did it seven times in 2005-06. ... Cousins picked up a technical foul with 2:12 left in the third. It was his 10th technical of the season. ... Sixers forward Evan Turner also got a technical with 11:14 remaining in the third. ... The Sixers committed 20 turnovers and had 20 assists. ... Nick Young is averaging 18.2 points over the last five games.

UP NEXT: For the Kings, Saturday @ New York, Monday @ Utah, Friday vs. Utah. For the Sixers, Monday vs. Orlando, Wednesday vs. Indiana, Saturday vs. Charlotte.