January 2, 2014 | Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, California
Posted: January 3, 2014
SACRAMENTO –– When the Sixers departed for their current five-game road trip one week ago, they had just one road victory to their name. Following a 113-104 victory over the Sacramento Kings Thursday, that number is now four.
The team’s third consecutive win was a full-team effort, with 11 Sixers logging minutes, five hitting double-digit points and three scoring 20 or more points.
“I felt like you left the court, and you felt like, as a team, everybody had something to say in the win,” said Head Coach Brett Brown. “You see carry over (from practices and film sessions), and that’s always a great thing.”
Young’s Hot Streak Continues
Thaddeus Young scored a game-high 28 points against the Kings; it was his fifth game with 25 or more points in his last six outings.
During that stretch, he’s averaged 25.8 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 3.0 steals per game.
“He’s a powerful athlete,” Coach Brown said of Young, who also notched a career-high six steals in Thursday’s win. “You see it rearing its head (when he is) running the floor, coming up with tenacious steals.”
Orton Gets His Number Called
With Spencer Hawes and Lavoy Allen both in foul trouble early in the second half, Coach Brown called upon 23-year-old center Daniel Orton, who had not logged double-digit minutes since November 27.
Just one minute and 15 seconds into the third quarter, Hawes committed two quick fouls – his third and fourth of the game, compelling Brown to call upon Orton. Defending DeMarcus Cousins, who had finished the first half with 22 points and seven rebounds, he held his former Kentucky Wildcat teammate scoreless and drew an offensive foul with 9:52 left in the third quarter that forced Cousins to the bench with four personals of his own.
“It’s a big part of being in the NBA for the majority of players in the league– just staying ready and being ready when your number is called,” Orton said of Thursday’s game, in which he logged 19 minutes and contributed five points, four rebounds, and three blocked shots.
The drawn foul proved to be an important one for the Sixers, as Cousins’ foul trouble limited him to just 10 minutes of action in the second half. He finished the game with 33 points and 14 rebounds.
Odds and Ends
Evan Turner added 24 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists, and Tony Wroten finished with 21 points on 6-of-13 shooting. Rookie Michael Carter-Williams was held to seven points on 3-of-11 shooting, but was able to contribute in other ways, notching five assists, four rebounds, three blocks, and two steals.
The Sixers close out their current road swing Saturday night at 10pm (EST) against the Portland Trail Blazers.